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Obama Tells Black Voters Trump Would ‘Tolerate’ KKK Support In Office

President Obama has stooped to new lows in his increasingly forceful pleas for voters to go to the polls for enthusiasm gap-challenged Hillary Clinton. Fully aware of just how unpopular Clinton is even among the Democrat base, Obama is deliberately making the speeches more about himself and Donald Trump than about the Democratic nominee. In the most egregious moment of his “pro-Hillary” speeches yet, Obama suggested that if Trump were elected, the Ku Klux Klan would influence his administration.

“If you accept the support of Klan sympathizers — the Klan — and hesitate when asked about that support, then you’ll tolerate that support when you’re in office,” Obama told an audience at Chapel Hill, North Carolina on Wednesday.

Obama is referring to the presence of white supremacists among some in the Alt-Right who back Trump, particularly David Duke, who Trump has publicly disavowed, but in one interview refused to engage a question from Jake Tapper about white supremacists supporting him. The Left has used that to smear Trump as pro-KKK.

The president whose legacy will be executive overreach also warned voters that Trump would abuse his power in office, even to the point of jailing people without due process. “[Y]ou threaten to throw your opponent in jail without any due process,” he said, “….imagine what you’ll do when you actually have the power to violate the Constitution along those lines.”

Despite his own over the top rhetoric, Obama lamented the “normalization” of Trump’s “crazy” statements. “That is not the voice of America,” he said. “That’s not the better angels of our nature.”

Obama’s shameless racial rhetoric comes in part in response to the fact that black voters are not supporting Clinton as strongly as she needs to win, as he himself has acknowledged. Earlier this week, the president admitted that the black vote “is not as solid as it needs to be” for the Democratic nominee. AP provided some updates on early voting numbers Wednesday, showing participation from black voters down:

An Associated Press analysis of early voting data in North Carolina shows blacks have cast 111,000 fewer ballots than at this point four years ago, when Obama lost the state by about 92,000 votes. Clinton aides note that GOP officials there reduced early voting sites for the initial week of early voting, and they say they can make up the difference by Election Day now that more sites are opening.

Black voters’ share of early ballots request is also down a few percentage points in Florida and Ohio, though the Clinton campaign points to strong early turnout in key urban counties with large numbers of blacks and Hispanics.

As for all the bad press surrounding Clinton — particularly regarding the FBI’s decision to reopen the investigation into her illegal private email server — Obama simply brushed all of it off as just “noise” intended to distract people from the real issue. That real issue, as he has made clear in his speeches, is the continuation of his legacy.

Partial transcript Charlie Spiering