Donald Trump, lashing back at Barack Obama after the president waded forcefully into the presidential campaign, on Wednesday said Obama “doesn’t have a clue” and threatened to turn his attacks on him in retaliation.
“This is a president who doesn’t have a clue,” Trump told supporters in Sacramento. “If he campaigns, that means I’m allowed to hit him, just like I hit Bill Clinton.”
Trump’s remarks followed an appearance by Obama in Elkhart, Ind., on Wednesday, where the president warned against the Republican Party’s economic policies and said the GOP was misleading Americans on the condition of the economy.
Rallying supporters at a hangar at Sacramento International Jet Center, Trump said foreign leaders view Obama as a “total lightweight,” and he said Obama should not involve himself in the campaign.
“He shouldn’t campaign,” Trump said. “He should go out and do the job that he’s supposed to be doing.”
Trump has previously criticized Obama, at times harshly. But with the likelihood that he will face Hillary Clinton in November – and facing criticism over his own derogatory remarks about women – Trump has been particularly critical of Bill Clinton. Trump has repeatedly raised the former president’s record of infidelity and accusations of mistreatment of women, calling Hillary Clinton an “enabler.”
In sweltering heat on Wednesday, Trump said of the Clintons, “These are crooked people.”
Speaking to roaring supporters after descending from his airplane in front of them, Trump repeated his assertion that he will compete in the general election in California, a state that is so Democratic no Republican presidential candidate has won since George H.W. Bush in 1988.
Trump said he is “sort of different” than other Republicans and that he is going to “make a real run in California.”