Speaking to his followers Wednesday evening at a rally in Gastonia, North Carolina, Trump derided his forerunner for how his campaigning in 2016 for then-Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton ended.
“[Obama] said, ‘He will not be our president.’ Before that, he said, ‘He will not run.’ Then I ran. Then he said, ‘He will not get the nomination.’ Then I got the nomination. Then he said, ‘He will not be our president.’ Then I won,” Trump said to the masses in the newly purple state.
“The only one more unhappy than Crooked Hillary that night was Barack Hussein Obama,” he added.
At one point, the 45th president commented on a discussion he had with an individual about his predecessor hitting the campaign trail as Election Day draws near.
“Somebody said, ‘Sir, maybe this isn’t good. President Obama’s campaigning for Sleepy Joe Biden.’ I said, ‘That’s good news or bad news? Tell me, are you saying it’s good or it’s bad?’ ‘Well, I guess it’s bad.’ No, it’s good. There is nobody that campaigned harder for Crooked Hillary Clinton than Obama. He was all over the place,” Trump said, explaining his lack of interest in the 44th president attempting to promote Biden’s 2020 effort.
He also remarked that it “took forever” for Obama to support his former vice president amid a crowded primary field.
Obama had stayed out of the Democratic presidential primary, refusing to support any candidate until the selection process was finished and a nominee had been chosen.
What the current president didn’t speak directly was his predecessor’s comments earlier Wednesday evening in Philadelphia, Pa., where Obama crashed Trump for his speech — something that he argued “emboldened” Americans to be negative.
“There are consequences to these actions. They embolden other people to be cruel and divisive and racist, and it frays the fabric of our society, and it affects how our children see things. And it affects the ways that our families get along,” the 44th president announced throughout his first solo rally of the 2020 campaign season.
“It affects how the world looks at America. That behavior matters. Character matters. And by the way, while he’s doing all that, it distracts all of us from the truly destructive actions that his appointees are doing all across the government, actions that affect your lives,” he added.
Though American gun-rights activist and lawyer Joseph Theodore Lewis, a Republican of team Trump, took to Twitter and commented: “I hope Obama does MORE campaigning for Joe Biden. He’s a great reminder of why America voted for Donald Trump!”