Obama unloads on Trump in blistering attack

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President Barack Obama unleashed a blistering attack on Donald Trump, the Republican nominee, during a rally in Cleveland, Ohio on Friday.

Obama ripped into Trump's past comments about women, labeling Mexican immigrants as racists, and suggesting that Islamic Americans should be treated differently.

"You don't have to be a husband or a father to know that kind of language, those kinds of thoughts, those kind of actions, are unacceptable," Obama said. "They're not right."

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

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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) 
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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)
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Obama questioned why prominent Republicans like John McCain (R-AZ) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) were backing away from Trump now, after the release of a 2005 tape in which Trump bragged about being able to "grab" women "by the p---y."

"You said you're the party of family values," Obama said, in reference to the Republican party. "What, you weren't appalled earlier when he [Trump] was saying degrading things about women? When he was judging them based on a score, of, are they a 2 or a 10?"

"If you're doing it just for political expedience because you're looking at poll numbers and you say 'this might get me in trouble,' that's not enough," Obama said.

He blamed elected Republican officials for "standing by" and letting "crazy talk" — like Obama being born outside of the US — dominate conservative media.

Obama linked the propagation of conspiracy theories to Trump's rise.

"That's what allowed Donald Trump suddenly to emerge."

Business Insider's latest electoral projection map has Clinton up 316 electoral votes to Trump's 187, including states that lean Democrat. Trump is up by 1-point in Ohio — the battleground state is still in play.

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