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Obama delivers a blistering rebuke of Trump in his return to the campaign trail

Posted October 21, 2020 6:36 p.m. EDT

— Former President Barack Obama delivered a blistering account of his successor's first four years in office on Wednesday in Philadelphia, arguing that President Donald Trump has proved he is "incapable of taking the job seriously" and has shown no interest in "helping anybody but himself and his friends."

The event is Obama's first stump speech for his former vice president, a welcome sight to Democrats who see the former president as Joe Biden's most potent character witness and a key factor in encouraging Black men, Latinos and younger voters to turn out and vote.

Obama's speech represented his most direct attacks on Trump to date, with the former Democratic leader leveling both substantive critiques -- like questioning Trump's tax policy and handling of the coronavirus pandemic -- and personal barbs, jabbing at shrinking ratings for the President's speeches and town halls.

The remarks drilled down on years of Democratic concerns about the President, with Obama arguing Trump's presidency has not only changed the way other countries view the United States but remade the way Americans feel about politics.

"I never thought Donald Trump would embrace my vision or continue my polices, but I did hope for the sake of the country, that he might show some interest in taking the job seriously," Obama said. "But it hasn't happened. He hasn't showed any interest in doing the work or helping anybody but himself and his friends."

The former President directly attacked Trump's handling of the coronavirus, the issue that is dominating the 2020 campaign.

The former President noted that Trump recently said that there is "not much" he would change about the US response to the pandemic that has killed over 220,000 people in the United States.

"Really?" Obama asked. "Not much? Nothing you can think of that could have helped some people keep their loved ones alive?"

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