Obama Eviscerates Trump as a Fake Working-Class Hero

“He spent most of his life trying to stay as far away from working people as he could.”


After a rocky start for Democrats this week, President Barack Obama hit the campaign trail on Tuesday, delivering an impassioned speech that denounced Donald Trump as a counterfeit candidate unrepresentative of working-class values. It was the president’s first solo appearance in support of Hillary Clinton, who is recovering from her recent bout with pneumonia.

“I keep on reading this analysis that Trump’s got support from working folks—really?” Obama said at a rally in Philadelphia. “This is the guy you want to be championing working people? This guy who spent 70 years on this Earth showing no concern for working people? This guy’s suddenly going to be your champion?”

“He spent most of his life trying to stay as far away from working people as he could.”

The president also expressed his frustrations with the media’s coverage of the GOP nominee, which he described as “frivolous.” The criticism comes the week after Matt Lauer’s widely panned forum on national security with both Clinton and Trump, after which the longtime NBC host was slammed for failing to challenge Trump’s false claim that he was against the Iraq War before it started.

“You don’t grade the presidency on a curve,” Obama said. “This is serious business, and when we see folks talking about transparency, you’ve got one candidate in this race who’s released decades worth of her tax returns. The other candidate is the first in decades who refuses to release any at all.”

The president also paused to take a little credit for the numbers in the newest Census report released earlier in the day that showed the household incomes in America have sharply risen.

“Thanks, Obama” he joked.

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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