‘Tweeting at the television doesn’t fix things’: Obama digs into Trump at a drive-in rally for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris
  • Former President Barack Obama delivered searing attacks against President Donald Trump on Wednesday at a Philadelphia drive-in rally for the Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden.
  • The former president criticized the Trump administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, noted The New York Times’ bombshell reports on Trump’s tax records, and accused him of exhibiting “unpresidential behavior” throughout his presidency.
  • “There are consequences to these actions,” Obama said. “They embolden other people to be cruel and divisive and racist, and it frays the fabric of our society and affects how our children see things, and it affects the ways that our families get along.”
  • “It affects how the world looks at America,” he continued.
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Former President Barack Obama tore into President Donald Trump on Wednesday, criticizing the incumbent for his response to the COVID-19 pandemic and his behavior against his critics.

Obama delivered the searing remarks at a drive-in rally in Philadelphia for the Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, who served as Obama’s vice president.

During the 40-minute speech, Obama criticized Trump’s response to COVID-19 outbreaks in the US, saying: “Tweeting at the television doesn’t fix things. Making stuff up doesn’t make things better. You’ve got to have a plan.”

“We literally left this White House a pandemic playbook,” he added. “They probably used it to prop up a wobbly table somewhere.

“Donald Trump isn’t going to protect us. He can barely take the basic steps to protect himself,” Obama continued in reference to Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis earlier this month.

Obama boosted Biden’s focus on science to respond to the pandemic, telling the crowd: “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 said, referring to the late-September White House event where multiple attendees, including Trump, later tested positive for the coronavirus.

The former president also mentioned The New York Times’ new report that Trump had a previously undisclosed Chinese bank account.

“He’s got a secret Chinese bank account. How is that possible?” Obama said during the rally. “Can you imagine if I had had a secret Chinese bank account when I was running for reelection? You think Fox News might have been a little concerned about that.”

“They would have called me Beijing Barry,” he added jokingly, mocking the president’s tendency to tag adjectives to the names of his critics and opponents.

Obama then accused Trump of “unpresidential behavior,” saying the president “goes out of his way to insult anybody who doesn’t support or threaten them with jail.”

“That’s not normal presidential behavior,” he said.

“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 coworker, we wouldn’t tolerate it from our own family except for maybe a crazy uncle,” Obama said. “So why would we expect and accept this from the president of the United States?”

“There are consequences to these actions,” he continued. “They embolden other people to be cruel and divisive and racist, and it frays the fabric of our society and affects how our children see things, and it affects the ways that our families get along.”

He added: “It affects how the world looks at America.”

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