Former and current United States Presidents, Barrack Obama and Donald Trump, exchanged rhetorical blows at rival rallies yesterday, with Obama likening Trump to a “crazy uncle” and saying that he emboldens racists.
Trump and Obama’s Vice President, Joe Biden, will be squaring off in the Presidential election on 3 November and, with the final presidential debate taking place tonight in Nashville, Tennessee, Trump has been holding rallies in key battleground states, while Biden is preparing for the debate and Obama campaigned on his behalf with a “drive-through rally” in Philadelphia.
At the rally, Obama tore into Trump’s controversial nature, saying that it is wrong that American voters are tolerating Trump’s shenanigans. He said that people wouldn’t tolerate that kind of rhetoric from their own family “except for maybe a crazy uncle somewhere” and questioned why it is considered acceptable for a president to behave in that fashion.
“Why are folks making excuses for that?” he said, according to BBC. “Oh, well that’s just, that’s just him. No, it’s… no! There are consequences to these actions.
“They embolden other people to be cruel. And divisive. And racist. And it frays the fabric of our society.”
He added: “That behaviour matters. Character matters.”
Obama also criticised Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 outbreak, saying that the President can’t even protect himself, having tested positive for COVID-19, let alone the American public at large.
“Donald Trump isn’t suddenly going to protect all of us. He can’t even take the basic steps to protect himself.”
During his rally in Gastonia on Wednesday, Trump also fired shot at his Democratic rival and Obama, saying that voters will be facing a choice between a “Trump super-recovery” or a “Biden steep depression” when they take to the polls. He went on to insult Obama for backing his 2016 Presidential campaign opponent, Hillary Clinton.
“There was nobody that campaigned harder for crooked Hillary Clinton than Obama, right?” Trump said to the tune of his supporters’ boos. “He was all over the place.”
“I think the only one more unhappy than crooked Hillary that night was Barack Hussein Obama.”
According to the RealClearPolitics national average of polls on Thursday morning, Joe Biden has a 7.5% lead over President Trump and a 4.2% lead in battleground states – a lead that has been cut substantially over the past few days. On current projections, Biden will win 232 electoral college votes to Trump’s 125, with 181 toss-ups.