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Weekend Reads United States: one week before the poll, Obama slams Donald Trump and his management of the Covid

06:50  28 october  2020
06:50  28 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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With less than a week before the US presidential election, Barack Obama is stepping up support meetings for his former vice-president. At a meeting in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday, the pivotal state par excellence, Barack Obama blasted Donald Trump's management of the pandemic.

With our correspondent in San Francisco, Éric de Salve

It's a drive-in meeting in the era of the coronavirus. Barack Obama speaks in front of cars, and instead of applauding, his supporters who have come to listen to him in Orlando honk their horns with each of his attacks on Donald Trump and his handling of the pandemic that his successor humorously ridicules.

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OBAMA BLASTS TRUMP : Trump only out to benefit himself, Obama says in Philly. Obama made many of the same points criticizing Trump ’s "He's jealous of COVID 's media coverage!" Obama said. "If he had been focused on COVID from the beginning, cases would not be reaching new record

“The other day at a rally he said people are paying too much attention to Covid. As if he is jealous of the media coverage of the Covid! So he turned the White House into a cluster! "

The charge is unprecedented in a country where it is customary for a former president not to criticize his successor. But after having suffered in silence the attacks of Donald Trump for nearly four years, Barack Obama cheerfully breaks the tradition in turn in the last days of the campaign.

"When we asked Trump what he could have done differently, you know what he said? Not much. Not much ? Really ? Maybe he could have avoided advising us to swallow bleach to cure the Covid!

The rally is broadcast live by all news channels, even the very Trumpist Fox News. Donald Trump is clearly among the viewers and ranting live on Twitter. This is Barack Obama's third meeting to support his former vice president. The goal is not to rally new voters but to mobilize the Democratic electorate. You have to go and vote, says Obama, not be lazy like in 2016 to beat Donald Trump. ► Read also:

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