Barack Obama began his stumping-for-Biden tour in Philadelphia yesterday, giving a passionate speech that slammed Trump on multiple fronts and encouraged young voters to exercise their power at the ballot box. Obama took Trump to task for his constant lying, and reminded voters that the economy in the last three years of his presidency was better than Trump’s first three years, both in terms of job growth and overall GDP. Obama said:
I get that this president wants full credit for the economy he inherited and zero blame for the pandemic he ignored. But you know what? The job doesn’t work that way. Tweeting at the television doesn’t fix things. Making stuff up doesn’t make people’s lives better.
Obama further confronted Trump’s catastrophic inaction on Covid:
Donald Trump isn’t suddenly going to protect all of us. He can’t even take the basic steps to protect himself.
He later said:
I want to be honest here. This pandemic would have been challenging for any president. But this idea that somehow this White House has done anything but completely screw this up is just not true.
Obama also talked about Trump’s abysmal record on healthcare and attempts to destroy the ACA:
They keep on promising we’re going to have a great replacement. They said it’s coming. It’s been coming in two weeks for the last 10 years. Where is it? Where is this great plan to replace Obamacare? They’ve had 10 years to do it. There is no plan. They’ve never had one.
Obama was uplifting and inspiring, but it was heartbreaking to be forced to confront by contrast the four-year disaster we’ve suffered under Trump, the most aggrieved, entitled, malevolent and dishonest president in modern history. When Trump speaks it’s usually an exhausting stream of bitterness, lies and self-absorption. And between now and November 3rd, Trump will be speaking a lot, in part because his ego needs the adoration, and in part because it’s free advertising for a campaign that’s running out of money.
Trump spoke in North Carolina yesterday and his campaign people must have been able to twist his arm because his entire speech was awkwardly recited from the teleprompter. Trump, sweating profusely, eyes unusually puffy, struck a despairing tone, pleading with his cult to stay with him and firing off his usual lies. He said Covid was “turning the corner” (it’s not) and called his economy the best in history (it’s not even close), and again called for his cabinet (Barr, Wray) to jail Biden and other Democrats for imaginary crimes.
FBI Director Wray joined Trump appointee DNI Ratcliffe yesterday to announce that a series of Proud Boys emails threatening swing-state Democratic voters to “vote for Trump or else” were actually sent by Iran to interfere with our election. The Trump regime has been operating for some time at a level of zero credibility, so it’s impossible to know how accurate this disclosure was. For example, how did Iran get onto the Proud Boys server to send the emails? And why is the DNI announcing this now? We’ve known for some time that a variety of hostile foreign powers have been actively interfering in our elections via the internet and social media.
We also learned yesterday that all the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee plan to boycott Amy Coney Barrett’s committee vote today, hoping to further impugn the legitimacy of a SCOTUS nomination occurring unforgivably close to a critical election. But the move won’t stop Barrett from moving to the Senate floor for a final confirmation vote. The only way we can alter the balance of power on the court is to both win back the White House and flip the Senate. So please…
Keep resisting Trump and keep working to “vote his ass out of office.”
PS – The last debate between Biden and Trump takes place tonight.