Former President Barack Obama criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s tenure in workplace Friday in a fiery speech in Milwaukee that took intention at him and different Republicans for “making stuff up.”
The speech was certainly one of Obama’s sharpest and most direct takedowns of Trump’s presidency, though the previous president was cautious to by no means point out Trump by identify.
Obama cited a current Trump remark that he would move a tax reduce earlier than the November election. Obama then advised the group in a Milwaukee highschool gymnasium that “Congress isn’t even in session! He simply makes it up!”
At one level Obama mentioned: “Right here’s the factor. Every part I say you possibly can search for.”
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Obama’s go to in Milwaukee was to induce individuals to vote for Wisconsin’s Democratic candidates. Whereas Trump was continuously the goal of his criticism, he didn’t spare Republicans usually and mentioned they’re mendacity after they say they need to shield individuals with pre-existing circumstances whereas attempting to repeal the Reasonably priced Care Act.
“What we’ve not seen earlier than …. is politicians simply blatantly, repeatedly, baldly, shamelessly, mendacity. Making stuff up,” Obama mentioned. “Calling up, down. Calling black, white. That’s what your governor is doing with these adverts, simply making stuff up,” he mentioned, referring to Gov. Scott Walker and his assertions that he desires to guard well being look after these with pre-existing circumstances.
Walker is being challenged by Democrat Tony Evers.
Obama then used the topic of Hillary Clinton’s personal electronic mail server to accuse Republicans of attempting to “scare the heck out of individuals earlier than each election” and in addition to mock Trump concerning the Chinese language spying on his cellphone.
“Within the final election, it was Hillary’s emails. ‘That is horrible’ … ‘This can be a nationwide safety disaster.’ They didn’t care about emails and you understand how you already know? As a result of in the event that they did, they’d be up in arms proper now that the Chinese language are listening to the president’s iPhone that he leaves in his golf cart.”
Obama spoke concerning the slow-moving migrant caravan from Central American certain for the US as one other instance of a Republican scare tactic.
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“Now the most recent, they’re attempting to persuade all people to be afraid of a bunch of impoverished, malnourished refugees a thousand miles away,” he mentioned. “That’s the factor that’s crucial factor on this election,” he mentioned. “Not well being care, not whether or not or not people are capable of retire, doing one thing about larger wages, rebuilding our roads and bridges and placing individuals again to work.”
“Instantly,” he continued, altering his voice to a high-pitch to strike a mocking tone, “it’s these group of oldsters. We don’t even know the place they’re. They’re proper down there.”
Referring to Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp,” Obama mentioned that as a substitute “they’ve gone to Washington and simply plundered away.”
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“In Washington they’ve racked up sufficient indictments to area a soccer workforce,” he mentioned. “No person in my administration obtained indicted.”
Obama’s go to to Milwaukee was the primary time he was within the metropolis for a political occasion since March 2016, when he got here to rejoice enrolment numbers within the Reasonably priced Care Act. He didn’t marketing campaign for Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin, a state she narrowly misplaced that proved essential to Trump turning into president.
Later Friday, Obama will maintain one other rally in Michigan, one other battleground state within the Midwest that Democrats misplaced in 2016.
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