President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama both attended rallies on Friday in a push to get voters to side with their party ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.
Obama campaigned in Florida for both Democrat Andrew Gillum, who is running for Florida governor, and Democrat incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.). He slammed Trump for “constant fear-mongering” and causing division in the nation.
Trump admitted he watched Obama’s speech on a plane because “I had nothing else to do.”
“He had a very small crowd. They don’t tell you that,” Trump said, roasting his successor.
At his West Virginia rally, the president swiped back at Obama.
“Lie after lie, broken promise after broken promise. That’s what he did,” Trump said.
Obama slams rhetoric — gets heckled
In his speech to urge voters to vote Democrat ahead of midterms, Obama slammed Trump and his supporters for “repeated attempts to divide us with rhetoric designed to make us angry and make us fearful”:
“It’s designed to exploit our history of racial and ethnic and religious division that pits us against one another and makes us believe that order will somehow be restored if it just weren’t for those folks who don’t look like we look or don’t love like we love or pray like we do.”
“But in four days, Florida, you can reject that kind of politics … you can choose a bigger, more prosperous, more generous vision of America, an America where love and hope conquer hate,” he added.
A heckler also disrupted Obama’s speech in Florida.
Obama criticizes Trump’s dealing with the U.S.-Mexico border
“They’re telling you the existential threat to America is a bunch of poor refugees 1,000 miles away,” Obama said during his rally on Friday. “They’re 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.”
Resurfaced videos of Obama show he had a similar message to Trump’s
“We simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented, unchecked, and circumventing the line of people who are waiting patiently, diligently, and lawfully to become immigrants in this country,” Obama said during his days as an Illinois senator.
Watch the video below:
I agree with President Obama 100%! pic.twitter.com/PI3aW1Zh5Q
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2018
The 2018 midterm elections are only three days away. As for the Senate, Democrats have a one-in-six chance of taking over control, as previously noted.