Former President Barack Obama organized a rally, in a drive-in format, in Pennsylvania on Wednesday evening, Oct. 21, to campaign for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, while President Donald Trump maintained a person-in event on the same day in North Carolina.
Obama marked his return to the campaign trail on behalf of Biden with a fierce attack on his successor, taking aim at President Trump’s handling of the CCP Virus (coronavirus) pandemic, his track record in office and his spreading of conspiracy theories.
“Donald Trump isn’t suddenly going to protect all of us,” Obama said of the president’s virus response. “He can’t even take the basic steps to protect himself.”
“And the rest of us have had to live with the consequences of him proving himself incapable of taking the job seriously,” Obama said.
The former president said that, under Trump’s watch, at least 220,000 Americans have died, more than 100,000 small businesses have closed, millions of jobs are gone, and “the only people truly better off than they were four years ago were the billionaires who got his tax cuts.”
Meanwhile, Obama praised his former vice president, saying that if Biden is elected, he is “not going to screw up testing, he’s not going to call scientists idiots, he’s not going to host a super spreader event at the White House. Joe will get this pandemic under control.”
“With Joe and Kamala [Harris] at the helm, you’re not going to have to think about the crazy things they said every day,” Obama said. “You’re not going to have to argue about them every day. It just won’t be so exhausting.”
Obama also warned against Democratic complacency, saying that the election has to be a decisive win.
“I don’t care about the polls. There were a whole bunch of polls last time. Didn’t work out,” he said. “Because a whole bunch of folks stayed at home and got lazy and complacent. Not this time. Not in this election.”
Obama added that voting is the only remedy to right the wrongs of the Trump administration.
Obama’s drive-in rally versus Trump’s packed in-person rally
Obama campaigned for the first time for Biden while the Democratic nominee was staying at home in Delaware for meetings and preparation ahead of his next presidential debate with President Trump on Thursday, according to Reuters.
The former president delivered his speech in front of nearly 280 vehicles in the parking lot of Citizens Bank Park, the baseball stadium in Philadelphia. This is still the largest rally that the Biden campaign has staged during the virus pandemic.
Also on Wednesday evening, President Trump’s in-person rally in Gaston County, North Carolina, attracted thousands of attendees.
WCNC cited the Secret Service reporting that about 20,000 people gathered outside of Gastonia Municipal Airport as the president spoke for more than an hour.
“This is one hell of a big crowd,” President Trump said, taking a swipe at Biden when comparing campaign stops.
“We’ve got so many people, but Joe doesn’t have that problem, he has about 5 people in a circle,” the president said.
During the event, President Trump told the crowd that, if re-elected, he would continue to cut taxes, lower drug prices, and support law enforcement.
“I’m going to save the suburbs. I’m going to stop lower-income housing and stop crime from coming into the suburbs,” he said.