Barack Obama Blasts Trump's Tweets, track record in 2020 Campaign Trail Debut

Obama, who governed for 2 terms and remains one among the foremost popular figures within the Democratic Party , blasted Trump for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, noting that the president himself had fallen victim to the virus.

Barack Obama Blasts Trump's Tweets, track record in 2020 Campaign Trail Debut
Barack Obama

Former President Barack Obama  Speaking at a drive-in rally in Philadelphia on behalf of Biden, his former vice chairman , and Democratic campaigner Kamala Harris, Obama offered his fiercest critique yet of his successor. He took aim at Trump's divisive rhetoric, his diary within the Oval Office and his habit of re-tweeting conspiracy theories.

"With Joe and Kamala at the helm, you’re not getting to need to believe the crazy things they said a day ," Obama said. "And that’s worth tons . You’re not getting to need to argue about them a day . It just won’t be so exhausting.”

Obama, who governed for 2 terms and remains one among the foremost popular figures within the Democratic Party , blasted Trump for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, noting that the president himself had fallen victim to the virus.

The drive-in rally was held within the parking zone of Citizens Bank Park, the baseball stadium in Philadelphia, the city's skyline visible within the distance. With nearly 280 vehicles spread throughout the lot, it had been the most important event of its kind that the Biden campaign has staged during the pandemic.

With a Reuters/Ipsos poll showing Biden with just a 4-percentage-point edge up Pennsylvania, Obama warned Democrats against complacency. "We've need to end up like never before," he said. "We cannot leave any doubt during this election."

Americans are voting early at a record pace this year, with quite 42 million ballots cast both via mail and face to face before Nov. 3 polling day on concerns about the coronavirus and to form sure their votes are counted.The early vote thus far represents about 30% of the entire ballots cast in 2016, consistent with the University of Florida's U.S. Elections Project.

Four years ago, Obama participated during a rally in Philadelphia with then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton the day before the election, only to ascertain Trump narrowly take the state. The Biden campaign considers winning there a top priority.

In remarks at a night rally in Gastonia, North Carolina, Trump briefly mentioned Obama, noting that he had supported Clinton in her losing effort. "It was nobody who campaigned harder for Crooked Hillary than Obama, right?"

North Carolina is another battleground state where opinion polls show a decent race. Harris was also within the state on Wednesday to mobilize voters in Asheville and Charlotte. Obama won North Carolina in 2008, but lost it in his 2012 campaign. Trump won it in 2016.

Trump argued that coronavirus-related restrictions were harming the state's economy and complained that Democrats and therefore the journalism were overly pre-occupied with the pandemic. "All you hear is covid, covid," the president said. "That's all they placed on because they need to scare the hell out of everyone."

Even though Wednesday marked Obama's 2020 campaign debut, his support has been essential for Biden. He has appeared at joint fundraisers with Biden and Harris, and his network of well-connected former aides has been instrumental in helping the campaign outpace Trump in bringing in donations.

Biden's team said Obama would campaign in Miami on Saturday for the Democratic ticket. The last days of campaigning are happening during a surge in cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations in battleground states, including North Carolina and Pennsylvania but also Wisconsin, Ohio and Michigan.

Pennsylvania has averaged 1,500 new cases each day over the past week, A level it's not seen since April, consistent with a Reuters analysis. North Carolina is averaging 2,000 new cases each day over the past week, its highest level yet. The virus has killed quite 221,000 people within the us .

Polling shows a majority of voters are disappointed within the way Trump has handled the pandemic, which he has repeatedly said would disappear on its own. Biden and Trump are scheduled to satisfy in their second and final debate on Thursday night, giving the Republican a chance to vary the trajectory of a race that Biden is leading in national opinion polls

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