Obama tears into Trump during convention speech
On Wednesday, former President Barack Obama ripped into President Donald Trump during his speech to the Democratic National Convention. He delivered his democracy themed speech from Philadelphia, the site of the founding of our nation.
Obama said that he’s met with both Trump and Joe Biden in the Oval Office and he’s been more than disappointed in his successor.
“He’s shown no interest in putting in the work. No interest in finding common ground. No interest in using the awesome power of his office to help anyone but himself and his friends,” said Obama.
The former president took aim at Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and blamed him for the state of the economy. He said Trump has been a failure as a leader.
“The consequences of that failure are severe. 170,000 Americans dead. Millions of jobs gone while those at the top take in more than ever,” he said. “Our worst impulses unleashed, our proud reputation around the world badly diminished, and our democratic institutions threatened like never before.”
Obama also played off of Trump’s outspokenness against mail-in voting. He claimed that Trump was trying to take away Americans’ power.
“This president and those in power, those who benefit from keeping things the way they are, they are counting on your cynicism. They know they can’t win you over with their policies. So, they’re hoping to make it as hard as possible for you to vote, and to convince you that your vote doesn’t matter,” Obama said. “We can’t let that happen. Do not let them take away your power. Don’t let them take away your democracy.”
Trump spoke hours before Obama’s scheduled speech and said that in many ways Obama was the reason he ran.
“President Obama did not do a good job. And the reason I’m here is because of President Obama and Joe Biden, because if they did a good job I wouldn’t be here. And probably, if they did a good job, I wouldn’t have even run,” Trump said.
The president must have been watching Obama’s speech because he was firing back at Obama on Twitter.
“HE SPIED ON MY CAMPAIGN, AND GOT CAUGHT,” Trump tweeted. “WHY DID HE REFUSE TO ENDORSE SLOW JOE UNTIL IT WAS ALL OVER, AND EVEN THEN WAS VERY LATE? WHY DID HE TRY TO GET HIM NOT TO RUN?”
Obama had previously announced that he wouldn’t endorse in the Democratic primary. He endorsed Biden after he was the last candidate left in the race.
Republicans continue to argue that Obama’s lack of involvement with the Biden campaign until recently proves that the former president isn’t excited about the race.
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