Former President Barack Obama has been mostly invisible in the weeks leading up to Nov. 6th’s mid-term elections. Few of the high-profile Democrats facing tight races have called him in for support, leaving the former leader of the party stumping in high school gymnasiums in places like Wisconsin and Michigan — two states Hillary Clinton lost in 2016.
And Obama, whose “legacy” is being systematically dismantled by President Trump, has turned to ad hominem attacks to try to take on his successor.
Obama cited Hillary’s secret home brew email server to accuse Republicans of trying to “scare the heck out of people before every election.” And he also mocked Trump about a recent New York Times story that Russia and China listen in on Trump’s cell phone calls.
“in the last election, it was Hillary’s emails. ‘This is terrible’ … ‘This is a national security crisis,'” Obama said in a Michigan gym.
“They didn’t care about emails and you know how you know? Because if they did, they’d be up in arms right now that the Chinese are listening to the president’s iPhone that he leaves in his golf cart,” he said.
Trump, however, said the Times report is not true, and blasted The Times for “fake news.”
“The New York Times has a new Fake Story that now the Russians and Chinese (glad they finally added China) are listening to all of my calls on cellphones. Except that I rarely use a cellphone, & when I do it’s government authorized. I like Hard Lines. Just more made up Fake News!” he wrote on Twitter.
Obama said Trump promised to “drain the swamp” that is Washington, D.C., but said instead that the president and his cronies “have gone to Washington and just plundered away.”
“In Washington they have racked up enough indictments to field a football team,” he said. “Nobody in my administration got indicted.”
While polls show Democrats are energized this election cycle, not many seem psyched to see Obama. And while Trump fills 18,000-seat arenas, Obama plays in high school gyms.
On Monday, Obama failed to fill the seats in a rather small venue in Nevada. The Obama event, held in an attempt to save struggling Democratic senatorial candidate Jacky Rosen, has been covered as if it was a “must-see/must-attend” blowout. “By the media’s account, Obama was surrounded by energized Democrats and enthusiastic voters. The bleachers behind him were packed to the brim, and the people in front were numerous,” Red State’s Brandon Morse writes. “Or were they?”