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Obama criticizes Trump for disrespecting the Constitution
Presiden Barack Obama (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Obama criticizes Trump for disrespecting the Constitution

President Barack Obama campaigned for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Ohio on Tuesday, and warned the audience of the problems a Donald Trump presidency would create for the U.S. Constitution.

Obama expressed, "If you disrespect the Constitution by threatening to shut down the press when it doesn’t say things you like, or threaten to throw your opponent in jail, or discriminate against people of different faiths — if you do that before you’re elected, then what are you going to do when you have actual power to do those things?”

Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, has received criticism during the election season for what some call a tendency to disregard the Constitution. Trump made headlines with his comments about free speech and censoring media, at one point saying he wanted to "open up" libel laws to allow him to sue media outlets if he feels they aren't being fair. He also expressed during the second presidential debate last month he would put Clinton in jail if he went on to become president, a comment that many interpreted as an overreach of power. In yet another questionable move, Trump called for a ban on Muslims entering the country in an effort to combat terrorism, initially doubling down on his policy position when he received criticism for it.

Obama has had his own history of skirting the line when it comes to the boundaries afforded by the Constitution, losing his Supreme Court challenges more than any other modern president. His win rate with the Supreme Court earlier this year was calculated at 45 percent, which is lower than any president preceding him back to Republican Ronald Reagan.

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