Philadelphia/Gaston: Former President Barack Obama returned to the campaign line on Wednesday, lashing out at Donald Trump, leaving Joe, the Republican presidential election day, and the Democratic nomination. The lead Biden confrontation is less than two weeks away.
Speaking at a drive-in rally in Philadelphia on behalf of Biden, his former vice president, and Democratic running mate Kamala Harris, Obama offered his fiercest critique yet of his successor. He took aim at Trump’s divisive rhetoric, his track record in the Oval Office and his habit of re-tweeting conspiracy theories.
“With Joe and Kamala at the helm, you’re not going to have to think about the crazy things they said every day,” Obama said. “And that’s worth a lot. You’re not going to have to argue about them every day. It just won’t be so exhausting.”
Obama has been in power for two terms and remains one of the most popular figures in the Democratic Party. He criticized Trump for handling the coronavirus pandemic and pointed out that the president himself has become a victim of the virus.
“Donald Trump isn’t suddenly going to protect all of us,” he said. “He can’t even take the basic steps to protect himself.”
“This is not a reality show. This is reality,” Obama said in a nod to Trump’s past as a reality TV host. “And the rest of us have had to live with the consequences of him proving himself incapable of taking the job seriously.”
The appearance of Obama filled the vacancy left by Biden. Biden has stayed at his home in Delaware since Monday, meeting and preparing, before he debated with Trump in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday.
The rally is held in the parking lot of the Civic Bank Park of the Philadelphia Baseball Stadium. The Philadelphia Baseball Stadium can be seen in the distance. Nearly 280 cars were scattered in the event, which was the largest of its kind in the Biden Sports during the pandemic.