Left: President Donald Trump, right: Former president Barak Obama [photo: BBC.com]
Thursday, 22nd October – US President Donald Trump and his predecessor, Barack Obama, have directed blistering barbs at each other during rival rallies. This year, Americans are voting early with 42 million already cast ballots both in person and by post.
Stumping in Pennsylvania for Democratic White House nominee Joe Biden, Mr. Obama likened Mr. Trump to a “crazy uncle” and said he gives succour to racists.
Mr. Obama, who is still among the most popular figures in the democratic party compared the president to a ‘crazy uncle’ and said that voters will not tolerate uncouth behavior except it is from a ‘crazy uncle’ somewhere in the family.
He said, “Why are folks making excuses for that? There are consequences to these actions. They embolden other people to be cruel. And divisive. And racist. And it frays the fabric of our society. Character matters.”
In North Carolina, the Republican President could not resist fighting back at Mr. Obama who hit the campaign trail for the first time since August Political conventions, mocking his political enthusiasm in 2016 saying, “I think the only one more unhappy than crooked Hillary that night was Barack Hussein Obama.“
Speaking to supporters at a drive rally in Philadelphia, Mr. Obama said that having Biden in the white house will mean calm. Referring to the multiple reports that Trump referred to the U.S soldiers who died in combat as ‘losers’ and ‘suckers’. he went on to say that If Biden is elected president, he would never hurl such insults to the members of the military who are somebody’s hero, father, spouse.
He said, “We’re not going to have a president who goes out of his way to insult anybody who doesn’t support him, or threaten them with jail. That’s not normal presidential behavior.“
With 13 days to go until this election, Mr. Biden holds a solid lead nationally. But the margin is slimmer in the handful of US states that could go either way and ultimately decide the outcome on 3 November.