In a second day of campaigning for Hillary Clinton in the key battleground state of Ohio, President Obama used a rally in Cleveland on Friday to repeatedly mock Donald Trump’s campaign for the White House, urging voters in the Buckeye State to defeat the GOP nominee in November.
“You can reject a politics of fear, and resentment, and blame, and anger, and hate,” Mr. Obama said, as he mocked Trump repeatedly in a speech, arguing that Trump can’t be allowed to pass himself off as a champion of the little guy.
“Now suddenly, he’s acting like he’s a populist out there, ‘man I’m going to fight for working people.’ Come on, man!” Obama said to cheers.
With Clinton on the West Coast raising money, the President again today also tried to tie Republicans to Trump, making the case that too many GOP leaders stood by silently.
“You weren’t appalled earlier when he was saying degrading things about women?” Mr. Obama asked, as he also tried to use other Trump lines against him.
“In a democracy, you can’t just threaten to jail your opponents,” Mr. Obama said, referring to Trump’s line in recent days that Clinton should be in jail over her email server.
The President also noted the speech of his wife this week in New Hampshire, where she said Trump’s vulgar remarks about women had shaken her “to my core.”
“She was also talking on behalf of men who know we’re better than this,” the President said.
Trump was in both Columbus and Cincinnati on Thursday, as the two parties fight over this key state – the polls have been mixed in recent weeks.
Early in Mr. Obama’s speech today, he was interrupted by a Trump protester.
“If you’re confident about the other guy – just go to his rallies,” the President said to applause.
“You don’t have to spend time over here; go knock on some doors for your guy – that’s a better way for you to spend your time – unless you’re being paid to be here,” he added.