President Obama indicts Trump's character over latest tape scandal

President Barack Obama slammed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Sunday ahead of the second presidential debate, calling the real estate mogul's rhetoric "disturbing" and "unbelievable."

According to CNN, the president took a direct swipe at Trump at an event Sunday afternoon over the Washington Post's recent release of audio from 2005 in which Trump graphically bragged about how his fame enabled him to assault women.

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Mitt Romney has been critical of Trump's rhetoric. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Senator John Thune (R-SD) addresses delegates during the third session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 29, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Former U.S. President George H. W. Bush has not endorsed Trump, and insiders revealed in September he plans to vote for Hillary Clinton.


Jeb Bush, former Governor of Florida and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, was one of Donald Trump's primary targets during the primary season. 

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Former Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich stayed in the primary longer than most other candidates, and notably refused to appear at the GOP convention in the same arena with Trump, attending other events instead. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a close friend to Sen. John McCain, has been a vocal critic of Trump's. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
UPDATE: Although he didn't endorse Trump during the 2016 convention, Ted Cruz eventually changed his mind, saying in September he'd vote for the GOP nominee (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) 
Pictured: George Pataki participates in CNBC's 'Your Money, Your Vote: The Republican Presidential Debate' live from the University of Colorado Boulder in Boulder, Colorado Wednesday, October 28th at 6PM ET / 8PM ET -- (Photo by: David A. Grogan/CNBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) addresses the second session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 28, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

"One of the most disturbing things about this election is just the unbelievable rhetoric coming at the top of the Republican ticket," Obama said at an event for Rep. Tammy Duckworth's (D-Ill.) senatorial campaign. "I don't need to repeat it. There are children in the room."

"Demeaning women, degrading women, but also minorities, immigrants, people of other faiths, mocking the disabled, insulting our troops, insulting our veterans," the president added, noting later in his speech, "It tells you that he's insecure enough that he pumps himself up by putting other people down. Not a character trait that I would advise for somebody in the Oval Office ... [Trump] doesn't care much about the basic values that we try to impart to our kids."

Obama concluded: "Are we really going to risk giving Donald Trump the majority he needs to roll back all the progress we've made over the last eight years?"

Criticism over the content of the tape — which includes Trump using the now-infamous phrase "grab them by the pussy" in a boast about nonconsensual sexual contact — has not been limited to Democrats. In the wake of the tape's release, a wave of high-profile Republicans abandoned the candidate, dealing a major blow to a campaign already beleaguered by tax scandals, an investigation into Trump's signature charity and what looks like a low level of campaign readiness for election day.

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