Obama suggests Trump insecurity prompts insults
WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is suggesting that Donald Trump insults people because he's "insecure."
Without saying Trump's name, he said there's a reason why the Republican presidential candidate has denigrated veterans, people with disabilities, Mexicans and others during the 2016 campaign.
Obama said: "It tells you that he's insecure enough that he pumps himself up by putting other people down."
Obama was addressing supporters Sunday at a fund raiser in Chicago.
He said "the unbelievable rhetoric" from Trump has been "disturbing."
"I don't need to repeat it there are children in the room," he said to laughter.
Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte says she favors Donald Trump dropping out of the presidential race.
The New Hampshire senator dropped her support for Trump on Saturday. She said she will write in Mike Pence, but initially stopped short of calling for Trump to step aside.
But when she was asked by a reporter Sunday if Trump stood step down, she said "I would support that."
Ayotte said recently released recordings of Trump making vulgar remarks about women are "fundamentally different" than his past comments. She said Trump is advocating assault, and that she wants her young daughter to know that she does not support the comments.
She says speaking out for her daughter's sake is "more important to me than winning any election." Ayotte is in a close race for re-election.
Democrats are discounting the idea that Republican leaders will encourage Trump to step aside as their presidential nominee and urge voters to rally behind Trump's running mate, Pence.
Donna Brazile interim head of the Democratic National Committee notes that some states have begun early voting and mailed absentee ballots with Trump's name on it. Brazile says attempts to change the ballots would be "very confusing" to voters.
She's suggesting on ABC's "This Week" that Democratic Party lawyers probably would fight any efforts by states to change the names on the ballot if it came to that.
The chairman of the House Ethics Committee says there's still time for Republicans to rally behind an alternative to Trump as their presidential nominee.
GOP Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania says he hopes House Speaker Paul Ryan and party chairman Reince Priebus will withdraw their endorsements of Trump.
Here's what Dent tells ABC's "This Week": "As a party leader, I think at times you have to stand up and do some pretty difficult things and this may be one of them right now."
Dent floated a few names, including Robert Gates, defense secretary under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama; Condoleezza Rice, secretary of state under Bush; Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who sought the GOP presidential nomination; or Mitch Daniel, a former Indiana governor.