Ex-President Obama unleashed a furious attack on the Trump administration and GOP-controlled Congress while campaigning in Miami Friday, accusing them of spreading lies, fear and distractions as the midterm elections approach.
Speaking before a fired-up crowd on behalf of Andrew Gillum and Bill Nelson, Democrats running for governor and the Senate, respectively, Obama charged that Trump and other Republicans weren’t running on their record but were trying to scare people.
“If Republicans thought their tax cut for billionaires was popular, they would be campaigning on it … you don’t hear a peep about it. If Republicans thought their endless votes to take away your health care was popular, that is what they would be campaigning on. You don’t hear a peep from them about that,” said Obama, tieless in a white dress shirt with his sleeves rolled up.
“Right at election time, suddenly Republicans are saying they are going to protect your pre-existing conditions. That is some kind of gall. That is some kind of chutzpah. Let’s call it what it is. It is a lie. They are lying to you,” he said in remarks that were interrupted several times by hecklers.
“We all tried to put a positive spin on things, but what we have not seen [is what] we are seeing right now, politicians blatantly, repeatedly, falsely, shamelessly lying, just making stuff up. That is what they are doing right now all the time,” he charged.
He also blasted the president — whom he did not mention by name— for ginning up what he called a phony crisis involving the caravan of several thousand Central American asylum seekers roughly 1,000 miles south of the US border.
“They are telling you the existential threat to America is a bunch of poor refugees 1,000 miles away. They are even taking our brave troops away from their families for a political stunt at the border, and the men and women of our military deserve better than that,” he said.
He concluded by urging Floridians, and all Americans, to vote on Tuesday.
“We can come together to shape our country’s course. That’s what Andrew Gillum stands for. That’s what Bill Nelson stands for. That’s what you can do when you vote on Tuesday,” he said.
Gillum is running against conservative Rep. Ron DeSantis, a Trump favorite in Congress, while Nelson, an incumbent, will face Gov. Rick Scott.
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