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Obama Trashes GOP, Portman, and Trump in CBUS Rally

Obama Trashes GOP, Portman, and Trump in CBUS Rally

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“Tonight we’re here to talk about the showdown in Ohio.” President Barack Obama said in a mostly casual, light-hearted, 40 minute speech at the Columbus Convention Center last night.

The dinner was a celebration of the Ohio Democratic Party — Obama listed off the achievements of supporters and his support for Ted Strickland, Sherrod Brown and Joyce Beatty. He went on to encourage early voting saying that was how he won 2008 and 2012.

Starting off his attack of the GOP, he boiled the election cycle down to, “a choice between someone who is as qualified as there has ever been” and somebody that, “every time he talks proves himself unfit and unqualified for this office.”

After a quick summary of the presidential race, Obama focuses his time and energy on the Ohio senate race, Strickland versus Portman.

“Unlike his opponent, Ted Strickland has never supported Donald Trump.”

He then chastised Portman for withdrawing his support for Trump when it was “politically expedient.”

“I guess it was okay when Trump was attacking minorities, suggesting that Mexicans were rapists, Muslims were unpatriotic, insulting gold star moms, and disabled Americans — I guess that didn’t tip it over the edge. Why was that okay? And now he says he’ll vote for the Vice-Presidential nominee instead, except that guy still supports Donald Trump.”

He then went on to challenge the entire GOP base, insisted that most Republicans don’t think and act like Donald Trump.

“The problem is they’ve been riding this tiger for a long time. They’ve been feeding their base all kinds of crazy for years,” he then brought up a list of the fringiest things the GOP has laid claim to Obama in the last eight years including, that he wasn’t born in the United States, that he was the antichrist, denying climate change or “filled up with conspiracy theories that me and Hillary started ISIL” or that were they were plotting marshall law, taking away people’s guns.

“This is in the swamp of crazy that has been fed over and over and over and over again.”

“If I watch FOX news I wouldn’t vote for me.” Obama said. “All the Republican bile, exaggerations and arguments not grounded in fact just bubbled up,” Obama said. “Don’t act like this just started with Donald Trump. Now he did take it a whole new level, I’ve got to give him credit. But he didn’t come out of nowhere.”

“They don’t get credit for, at the very last minute, when finally the guy they…supported is caught on tape saying things that no decent person would even think, much less say, much less brag about, much less joke about, much less act upon,” Obama told a crowd of more than 2,000 at the Ohio Democratic Party’s annual state dinner on Thursday. “You don’t get points for that.”

Trump’s spokesman, Seth Unger, was quick to launch his attack at Obama, claiming his desperation for a third term that he is defending Clinton’s, “disdain for regular Ohioans.”

“President Obama and Hillary Clinton got America into this mess together, and Donald Trump is the only one who can stop them from further cementing their legacy of failure at home and abroad in our history books,” Unger said.

You can watch the full speech below.


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