White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Tuesday that Donald Trump’s suggestion that Muslims should be barred from the United States disqualifies him from the presidency.”What Donald Trump said yesterday disqualifies him from serving as president,” Earnest said, noting that the first act any president must take is “swearing an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”Earnest derided Trump’s overall campaign approach.
“The Trump campaign for months now has had a dustbin of history-like quality to it, from the vacuous sloganeering, to the outright lies to even the fake hair, the whole carnival barker routine that we’ve seen for some time now,” Earnest said. “The question now is about the rest of the Republican Party and whether or not they’re going to be dragged into the dustbin of history with him; and right now the current trajectory is not too good.”
Earnest mocked other Republican presidential hopefuls for pledging to back Trump, should he win the nomination, and the GOP leadership for embracing him.
He pointed to a recently leaked memo from the National Republican Senatorial Committee advising GOP candidates to “ride the Trump wave” as proof that the party is out-of-step with American values when they embrace Trump’s xenophobic ideas.
Earnest’s advice to Republicans is to abandon Trump.