Vastavam web: Former US president Barack Obama delivered a diatribe against his successor Donald Trump on Wednesday, accusing him of mismanaging the pandemic, as he appealed to the people to come out and vote in favour of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Jumping into the electoral campaign in support of his former vice president Biden and his running mate Senator Kamala Harris, Obama appealed to the people to defeat Trump and elect the Biden-Harris team on November 3.
“They have a plan for the economy and the coronavirus pandemic,” Obama said in his maiden campaign appearance, asserting that the “Biden-Harris team will bring character and leadership back to government”. “We cannot afford four more years of this, Philadelphia,” Obama said in his blistering attack against Trump, which is quite unusual for a former president against an incumbent one. “The idea that this White House has done anything but screw this up is just untrue,” Obama said at a drive-in rally. Referring to a recent news report that Trump maintains a bank account in China, the former US president said, “He’s got a secret Chinese bank account. How is that possible? Can you imagine if I had had a secret Chinese bank account when I was running for re-election. You think Fox News might have been a little concerned about that. They would have called me Beijing Barry.”
“Donald Trump isn’t going to protect us. He can barely take the basic steps to protect himself. If he’d actually been working the whole time, it never would have gotten this bad,” Obama said. “Trump tweeted about secret cabals running the world or that Navy SEALs didn’t kill (Osama) bin Laden. Think about that. The president of the United States retweeted that. Imagine that. What? What?” he said. “Our democracy is not gonna work if the people who are supposed to be our leaders lie every day and just make things up,” Obama said. “This notion of truthfulness and democracy and citizenship and being responsible these aren’t Republican or Democratic principles. They’re American principles. … We need to reclaim them,” Obama said.
At an earlier campaign stop in Philadelphia, Obama said that over the last four years, he has lost hope. “And reason is because I never expected progress to move in a straight line,” he said.