Barack Obama delivered a scathing speech at last night's rally - ripping into his successor Donald Trump.
Here are the most savage burns he made against the president...
Those who watched Obama at the drive-in rally in Philadelphia last night will be well aware that he didn't hold back.
via: Getty ImagesThe former president passionately supported his former vice president's bid for the presidency, while massively criticizing Trump on several topics.
It marked the first event Obama attended on the campaign trail in support of Joe Biden.
via: Getty ImagesAnd viewers watched open-mouthed as Obama ripped into his successor.
It was one of the most ferocious arguments made against Trump's reelection.
via: Getty ImagesAnd defied a longstanding norm that presidents don’t criticize their successors.
And, of course...
via: Getty ImagesUntil now, Obama had largely refrained from commenting on Trump’s performance.
But yesterday, all of that went out of the window.
via: Getty ImagesAnd he well and truly unleashed on the president.
Obama dealt Trump several blows throughout the speech.
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First off, Obama accused Trump of treating his presidency like a "reality show."
via: Getty Images"He hasn't shown any interest in doing the work or helping anybody but himself and his friends," Obama said. "Or treating the presidency like a reality show that he can use to get attention. And by the way, even then, his TV ratings are down, so you know that upsets him. But the thing is this is not a reality show, this is reality."
Obama then claimed that Trump has a "secret" Chinese bank account...
via: Getty ImagesAnd spoke about how he would be treated if he'd done the same thing. "How is that possible? A secret Chinese bank account? Can you imagine if I had a secret Chinese bank account when I was running for re-election? Do you think Fox News might've been a little concerned about that? They would've called me 'Beijing Barry'."
This comes after it was revealed, as per the BBC, that Trump paid nearly $200,000 worth of income tax in China...
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The former president also took a swipe at Trump's handling of the US economy.
via: Getty ImagesObama slammed Trump for the economy's deterioration under his leadership, stating that Trump is the "first president since Herbert Hoover to actually lose jobs." He then went on to say Trump took "full credit for the economy that he inherited and zero blame for the pandemic he ignored."
He didn't stop there, either.
via: Getty ImagesObama raised the point that more jobs were created in the Obama administration's final 3 years than in the first 3 years of the Trump administration.
Obama also slammed Trump's past business failures.
via: Getty Images"He did inherit the longest streak of job growth in American history, but just like everything else he inherited, he messed it up," the former president said.
The former president then moved his attention to Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
via: Getty Images"We literally left this White House a pandemic playbook that would have shown them how to respond before the virus reached our shores. They probably used it to, I don't know, prop up a wobbly table somewhere."
He of course then weighed in on Trump's positive coronavirus test...
via: Getty Images“Donald Trump isn’t suddenly going to protect all of us. He can’t even take the basic steps to protect himself."
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“I get that this president wants full credit for the economy he inherited and zero blame for the pandemic he ignored," Obama said.
via: Getty Images“But you know what, the job doesn’t work that way. Tweeting at the television doesn’t fix things. Making stuff up doesn’t make people’s lives better."
Obama then ripped into Trump for his behavior as president.
via: Getty Images"[With Joe Biden], you're not going to have a president that goes out of his way to insult anybody who doesn't support him or threaten them with jail," he said. "That's not normal presidential behavior."
"We wouldn't tolerate it from a high school principal. We wouldn't tolerate it from a coach. We wouldn't tolerate it from a co-worker."
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"They embolden other people to be cruel and divisive and racist, and it frays the fabric of our society," he said.
via: Getty Images"And it affects how our children see things, and it affects the ways our families get along. It affects how the world looks at America. That behavior matters. Character matters."
But there's one line from the entire speech that really caught people's attention...
via: Getty Images"And with Joe and Kamala at the helm, you're not going to have to think about the crazy things they said every day. And that's worth a lot. You're not going to have to argue about them every day. It just won't be so exhausting."
This isn't something Obama has just plucked out of thin air...
via: Getty ImagesAccording to CNN, two-thirds of Americans in a late 2019 Pew poll said they felt "worn out" by the amount of news there is, roughly the same as the sixty-eight percent who said the same the previous year.
And this is not purely a partisan thing...
via: Getty ImagesSeventy-five percent of self-identified Republicans and Republican leaners said they felt "worn out" by all of the news while fifty-nine percent of Democrats and Democratic leaners said the same thing.
You can watch Obama in action below.
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