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Criticism: Obama launches attack at Donald Trump

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Former US leader Barack Obama launched his sharpest attack to date on President Donald Trump on Thursday, condemning the use of federal agents against protesters and attempts at voter suppression.

“Today we witness with our own eyes, police officers kneeling on the necks of black Americans,” Obama said in a fiery eulogy at the emotional funeral service in Atlanta of civil rights leader John Lewis.

“We can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators,” the former president said.

Obama did not mention Trump by name but he was clearly referencing moves by the Republican president, who used troops to clear protestors from Lafayette Square outside the White House and sent federal agents to put down demonstrations in Portland, Oregon.

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Obama also took a jab at alleged Republican attempts to suppress the minority vote and Trump’s repeated attacks on mail-in voting less than 100 days ahead of the November contest against Democrat Joe Biden.

“Even as we sit here, there are those in power who are doing their darnedest to discourage people from voting by closing polling locations and targeting minorities and students with restrictive ID laws and attacking our voting rights with surgical precision, even undermining the postal service in the run-up to an election that’s going to be dependent on mail-in ballots so people don’t get sick,” he said.

Trump launched another broadside on Thursday against mail-in voting, which is expected to play a prominent role in November’s election because of the coronavirus outbreak.

“With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history,” Trump said. “It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”

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– ‘Continue his cause’ –

Paying tribute to Lewis, who died on July 17 at the age of 80, Obama said the congressman’s lifelong fight for African-Americans’ civil rights had paved the way for him to become America’s first black president.

Lewis, a 17-term Democratic congressman from Georgia, did “everything he could to preserve this democracy and as long as we have breath in our bodies, we have to continue his cause,” Obama said.

This screen grab from a video released courtesy of The Obama Foundation shows MBK (My Brother’s Keeper) Alliance Virtual Town Hall with President Obama on “Reimagining Policing in the Wake of Continued Police Violence” live streamed on June 3, 2020. THE OBAMA FOUNDATION / AFP

“As long as young people are protesting in the streets hoping real change takes hold, I’m hopeful,” he said. “But we can’t casually abandon them at the ballot box. Not when few elections have been as urgent on so many levels as this one.”

Lewis’ funeral service was also attended by former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush and House speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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Former president Jimmy Carter, 95, was unable to attend but sent a letter which was read out to the mourners in the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Jr served as pastor in the 1960s.

“His enormous contributions will continue to be an inspiration for generations to come,” Carter wrote.

Bush, a Republican, said he had his “differences” with Lewis, a Democratic stalwart, but “we live in a better and nobler country today because of John Lewis.”

“He believed in humanity and he believed in America,” Bush said.

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In his tribute, Clinton referenced a column that Lewis wrote to be published in The New York Times on the day of his funeral service.

“Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe,” Lewis wrote.

“So I say to you, walk with the wind, brothers and sisters, and let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide.”

File photo: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an event about regulatory reform on the South Lawn of the White House on July 16, 2020 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

“It is so fitting that on the day of his service he leaves us our marching orders,” Clinton said. “I suggest we salute, suit up and march on.”

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Before Thursday’s funeral, Lewis’ body lay in state at the US Capitol, a rarely bestowed honor, so Americans could pay their final respects.

On Sunday, a lone caisson carried Lewis’ body across the Alabama bridge where in 1965 a policeman fractured his skull during a protest that helped forge his reputation as a fearless civil rights leader.

Lewis’ death came in a year during which “Black Lives Matter” protests against police brutality have brought thousands onto US streets, underscoring the still-raw depths of the country’s racial history.

Lewis grew up in the Alabama city of Troy. His parents were sharecroppers, and he once worked in a cotton field. While attending segregated schools, Lewis was inspired by the peaceful protests of civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King.


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U.S’20: Barrack Obama endorse Joe Biden for presidency.


Barack Obama and Joe Biden at the White House in March 2015. Obama declined to play a public role in the Democratic primary. Pete Souza-The White House

Former United States President, Barack Obama has declared support for Joe Biden as the presidential candidate of the Democratic Party.


Obama made the declaration in a live stream event shared on his Twitter page.

He urged lovers of the country to also support Biden for President


Trump is the Republican Party candidate for the U.S. 2020 Election.

Obama said, “I’m proud to endorse my friend @JoeBiden for President of the United States. Let’s go:


“For all of us who love this country and are willing to do our part to make sure it lives up to its highest ideals – now’s the time to fight for what we believe in.

“I’ll see you on the campaign trail as soon as I can.”

Meanwhile, United States Senator Bernie Sanders on Monday endorsed Joe Biden as the presidential candidate of the Democratic Party.

His support will now calm nerves as Biden will go into the nomination, coming up in a few weeks, unopposed.


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U.S Economy: Trump, Obama fights on Twitter. (Who deserves credit?)


President Donald Trump berated his predecessor, Barack Obama, as each sought credit Monday for the booming U.S. economy.

The robust U.S. economy – including the low 3.6% unemployment – is a central talking point for Trump on the campaign trail.


However, Obama appeared to take a subtle dig with a tweet earlier Monday marking the 11th anniversary of the 2009 economic stimulus.

“Eleven years ago today, near the bottom of the worst recession in generations, I signed the Recovery Act, paving the way for more than a decade of economic growth and the longest streak of job creation in American history,” Obama posted on Twitter.


Trump blasted back, accusing Obama of doing a ‘con job’.

“Did you hear the latest con job? President Obama is now trying to take credit for the Economic Boom taking place under the Trump Administration. He had the WEAKEST recovery since the Great Depression, despite Zero Fed Rate & MASSIVE quantitative easing. NOW, best jobs numbers….”


As USA Today reported, Democrats responded by praising Obama’s tweet and arguing that Trump is reaping the benefits of the work his predecessor did.

Republicans, however, accused Obama of seeking credit for Trump’s policies, an argument Trump echoed later.


“He had the WEAKEST recovery since the Great Depression, despite Zero Fed Rate & MASSIVE quantitative easing. NOW, best jobs numbers,” Trump posted of Obama.

Trump has argued that his emphasis on reducing regulations and the 2017 tax bill has spurred economic growth


Democrats noted that unemployment and stock prices began increasing under the Obama years as they bounced back from the Great Recession, a trend that continued into Trump’s presidency. Trump loyalists pointed out that the unemployment rate is at its lowest point in decades while the stock market has been hitting record highs.

“With an economy this good, it’s no wonder Barack Obama is trying to take credit,” Scalise said. “But I believe the saying is: ‘You didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.’ @realDonaldTrump made that happen.”

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Who do you think deserve the credits?


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Climates change impossible under Trump’s watch – Barrack Obama


Barrack Obama expressed disappointment that fuel standards introduced under his tenure are being rolled back, telling audiences: “I instituted higher fuel-efficiency standards on cars, and the subsequent administration has now tried to actively reverse them.”


Obama made these comments on January 23 at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto, Canada, where he spoke at an event held by the Economic Club of Canada and the Global Institute for Conscious Economics. It is the first in a four-part series discussing new ways of thinking about the future of work.

As the Canadian press first reported, Obama revealed his frustration at seeing environmental policies introduced during his time at the White House be reversed by the current administration. The most recent example being the replacement of a 2015 rule redefining the “waters of the United States” (WOTUS), announced yesterday.


Referring to the Trump Administration’s roll-backs of fuel standards introduced when he was president, Obama said: “If we can’t even do that, where we’re going to say, ‘We’re not going to drive gas guzzlers’ when other countries don’t even have cars, then it’s going to be almost impossible to solve the problem.”

When it came to the discussing the climate crisis, Obama said a “surge of energy” is needed from citizens to place pressure on industry to take control of greenhouse gas emissions. He highlighted the part taken by the younger generation, who are taking up the environmental mantle of through student strikes and other forms of climate activism.


Greta Thunberg got a call-out, with Obama praising her ability to speak for a generation.

“Which is why you have somebody like a Greta Thunberg who gets so much traction,” he said. “Because she speaks for a generation that is going to have to deal with this mess in a way that somebody like me, who’s 58, is not going to have to deal with it.”


Obama previously praised Thunberg in a series of tweets celebrating “the courageous, committed young leaders” stepping up to save the planet on Earth Day.

“They’re people like 16-year-old @GretaThunberg, whose protests at Swedish parliament sparked a movement,” the former president said at the time. “Inspired by Greta’s action, Fridays for Future brought together more than a million strikers on every continent last month to demand action on climate.”


Obama also emphasized the role industrial countries have to play in helping developing countries so that they can “leapfrog our development models” and achieve a good living standard without harming the Earth.

“We have to figure out how do we give them the opportunity to enjoy a reasonable standard of living while still preserving the environment,” he said

He argued it was unreasonable to simply tell developing nations to stop emitting greenhouse gases after industrialized countries like the U.S. and Canada spent so long emitting their own.

At other points during the event, Obama touched on mental health and the skills needed to navigate the future economy—according to the former president, those include imagination, empathy and creativity. Newsweek has contacted the Economic Club of Canada for further details about Obama’s remarks

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