Obama Attacks Trump as a 'Crazy Uncle' Who Tells a 'Lie Every Day'
Ex-president gives campaign speech for Joe Biden in Pennsylvania
Barack Obama attacked President Donald Trump during an event on Wednesday evening, blasting the POTUS as a "crazy uncle" who tells a "lie every day."
The ex-president returned to the campaign trail this week to speak at an event in Philadelphia for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Obama accused President Trump of pushing "conspiracy theories" on Twitter as he begged Pennsylvanians to vote in the key swing state.
"And with Joe and Kamala at the helm, you're not going to have to think about the crazy things they said every day," Obama claimed about his gaffe-prone former vice president and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA).
"And that's worth a lot," he added.
"You're not going to have to argue about them every day. It just won't be so exhausting."
The former president suggested Thanksgivings might go off without a hitch, according to The Daily Mail.
"You'll be able to go about your lives knowing that the president is not going to retweet conspiracy theories, about secret cabals running the world, or that Navy Seals didn't actually kill bin Laden," he said.
"Think about that, the president of the United States retweeted that. Imagine. What? What?" an aghast Obama asked the small crowd.
Obama also pledged that under Biden and Harris, "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," Obama pointed out as he attacked his successor.
"We wouldn't tolerate it from a high school principal, we wouldn't tolerate it from a coach, we wouldn't tolerate it from a co-worker," Obama noted.
"We wouldn't tolerate it in our own family, except for maybe crazy uncle somewhere."
NBC's Savannah Guthrie had called out the president for acting like a "crazy uncle" during their town hall last Thursday.
"Why would we expect and accept that from the president of the United States?" Obama asked.
"And why are people making excuses for that?"
Audience members honked their car horns throughout Obama's speech, which was set up in the parking lot outside the stadium where the Philadelphia Eagles play.
"Presidents up for re-election usually ask if the country is better off than it was four years ago," Obama said.
"I'll tell you one thing, four years ago you'd be tailgating here at the Linc instead of watching a speech from your cars."
Obama then ripped into Trump's coronavirus response.
"Look, I get that this president wants full credit for the economy he inherited and zero blame for the pandemic that he ignored," the ex-president said.
"You know what? The job doesn't work that way.
"Tweeting at the television doesn't fix things, making things up doesn't make people's lives better."
Earlier in the speech, Obama had made fun of Trump's television ratings.
"Even then his TV ratings are down, so you know that upsets him," Obama said, earning a flurry of beeps from the crowd.
Obama pointed out how his administration had left the White House a pandemic playbook.
"They probably used it to, I don't know, prop up a wobbly table somewhere," he said.
"Donald Trump isn't suddenly going to protect all of us.
"He can't even take the basic steps to protect himself," Obama said, whacking the president for Trump's own battle with COVID-19.
Obama also went after Trump for not regretting how he handled the pandemic.
Trump told Eric Bolling at a town hall filmed Tuesday that he wouldn't change much if he could do it again.
"Really? Not much?" an incredulous Obama said.
"Nothing you can think of that could have helped some people keep their loved ones alive."
Handling a pandemic, Obama said, "depends on more than just photo-ops."
"So Joe's not going to screw up testing, he's not going to call scientists idiots, he's not going to host a superspreader event at the White House," Obama pledged.
And to show the stark contrast between how Trump has treated the virus and what the U.S. would get with the Democrats, Obama finished his speech as he started it - wearing a mask.
He put his "VOTE" mask back on while on stage, before saying goodbye to the crowd in their cars.