President Donald Trump mocked Barack Obama's return to the campaign on Tuesday by reliving an old allegation – his inauguration had a larger audience than the previous president's – and pointing out that he won for Hillary Clinton in 2016 despite Obama's campaign.
Trump shot back at Obama at a campaign rally in Gastonia, North Carolina, and took the stage about an hour after his predecessor launched a violent assault on his presidency during a campaign rally for Joe Biden in Philadelphia.
"You know Obama is fighting now," he said. "Oh, here we go."
He attacked Obama for initially not supporting Biden, which could be indicative of reports that Obama favored Clinton in 2016 or that Obama refused to support the 2020 Democratic primary until there was a clear winner, what one Standard practice for former presidents is.
"He refused to support Biden," said Trump, blasting the former president as "Barack Hussein Obama".
He pointed out that Obama fought for Clinton multiple times during the 2016 campaign – a competition that Trump won.
"There was no one who fought harder for Crooked Hillary Clinton than Obama," said Trump. "He was everywhere."
President Donald Trump mocked Barack Obama's return to election campaign
President Trump also said he was due to win the critical state of North Carolina on November 3rd: "I've been all over your state. Let me better win & # 39;
Former President Barack Obama, who fought for Joe Biden in Philadelphia, launched a violent attack on Trump's presidency
He told a derisive story about how Obama predicted that Trump would not get the Republican nomination and then not win the White House.
"The only one who was more unhappy than Crooked Hillary that night was Barack Hussein Obama," Trump said in reference to election night in 2016.
The president also made one of his first arguments with Obama, saying the audience for his inauguration was even larger and the fewer people photo was actually taken after he finished speaking.
President Trump referred to the former president by his middle name in his attack and complained when photos of the two events were displayed side by side: "They show empty space and they show Barack Hussein Obamas."
He argued that his audience would be bigger when "new things" were taken in, which was seen as an indication of online and streaming audiences.
"I said I think the word we used was audience, which was all of the new things, you know, all the different things," he said, adding, "I think we had the biggest audience in the world the whole world."
He said the photos of his event were taken five or six hours after his inaugural address.
"You took the pictures for about five or six hours," he said. "When I spoke, it was full."
President Trump revived his argument that he had a larger opening audience. Above is a combination of photos taken on the National Mall showing the crowds attending the opening ceremonies to swear in President Donald Trump on January 20, 2017 at 12:01 p.m. (left) to President Barack Obama on January 20, 2009 (right)
President Trump promised a "surprise" for "60 minutes" during his rally in North Carolina
President Barack Obama's Philly speech adhered to social distancing protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19
However, the timestamps on the photos of were taken at 12:01 p.m. on the day of inauguration – the moment a president takes the oath of office.
Obama, who made his first personal campaign appearance for Biden on Wednesday, violently attacked Trump, calling him "crazy," accusing him of lying every day and tweeting conspiracy theories.
It was Obama's strongest criticism of his successor in the Oval Office to date. He beat up Trump for both his politics and his rhetoric.
"This is not normal behavior for the president," said Obama.
Trump didn't just attack Obama, however. He also promised a "surprise" for "60 minutes" after leaving an interview with Lesley Stahl that was taped at the White House on Tuesday.
"We have a little surprise for 60 minutes," he told the cheering crowd.
President Trump pointed out that Obama could not vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016 – over the Obama and Clinton campaign in Philadelphia in November 2016
Then President Obama with then Vice President Joe Biden in November 2016 at the White House
Earlier Wednesday, Trump released photos of his interview with CBS's Lesley Stahl and threatened to post the entire interview online before the Sunday air date
He gave no clues but threatened Tuesday night to put the entire interview online before CBS could air on Sunday night.
Trump pointed out one of the questions that made him angry. He said Stahl asked him about comments he made at a rally in early October when he asked suburban women, a critical electoral bloc he won in 2016, but which is difficult to woo this year, to like him.
She said: You beg that women love you. You said women, please love yourself, ”Trump claimed, Stahl had asked him.
At a rally in Pennsylvania on October 14, Trump said, “Suburban women, will you like me? I saved your damn neighborhood. & # 39;
Trump vowed Tuesday that he would release portions of the programming before his Sunday airtime to show the "biased" nature of Stahl's interview, which the president abruptly ended after 45 minutes when faced with a difficult question.
Instead of posting any clips on Wednesday, the president shared several images, including one of Stahl viewing a very large book about his accomplishments and work in the healthcare sector since taking office.
Ivanka Trump was promoting her father in North Carolina on Tuesday
Kamala Harris fought for Team Biden in Charlotte, North Carolina on Wednesday
Trump has made several stops in North Carolina – and daughter Ivanka was there on Tuesday – polls show he is only just behind Biden. The Democratic candidate leads the RealClearPolitics average of the polls in North Carolina with 2 points, well within the margin of error.
North Carolina is a critical state in the elections. Kamala Harris fought for Team Biden in the state on Wednesday.
“I've been all over your state. Let me better win, ”Trump said Wednesday night at his rally.
In his one hour and 20 minute speech, Trump listed the enemies that Trump says he is fighting "all alone". The litany includes the media, tech giants, "the really stupid stupid people – the never Trumpers", "the rhinos who are Republicans only on behalf – rhino, I love that" and especially "the deep stators".
Trump has also blown up Biden and reiterated some of his allegations, which are red meat to supporters: Biden will close schools and churches would take their guns and destroy the economy.
"That choice is a choice between a super recovery from Trump or a steep Biden depression, and that is exactly what you will have," he said.
"It's between a Trump boom or a Biden lockdown," he added.
He again when he called up what he called the "laptop from hell", as he called it, after Biden's son Hunter. The laptop was found at a repair facility in Wilmington and reportedly contained emails between Hunter Biden and Ukrainian officials as well as Chinese officials. Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal attorney, gave the New York Post a copy of the hard drive, and the laptop is said to be in the hands of the FBI.
Explosive emails from Hunter Biden also reveal that Hunter negotiated with a Chinese man and is affiliated with the Chinese Communist Party for $ 10 million a year for introductions. That sounds reasonable. I think you do. I think I would, ”he said.
The crowd yelled back, "Lock him up, lock him up, lock him up."
President Trump also went after Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden
Trump also attacked Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who led the impeachment investigation against Trump, calling him a "watermelon head".
The & # 39; Lock Her Up & # 39; chant was one of the most popular in Trump's 2016 campaign and referred to Hillary Clinton. Trump brought it back last week to use it against the Bidens – both Joe and Hunter.
& # 39; This laptop is a disaster. How the hell did he ever let go of that fool? He needs to get it fixed, I think he forgot to pick it up. What the hell? & # 39; Said Trump.
He then referred to a report that raised intelligence concerns that the laptop was actually planted by the Russians to influence the 2020 elections.
& # 39; Russia, ah Russia. You probably think we're the craziest people, ”Trump said.
He also attacked Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who led the impeachment investigation against Trump, calling him a "watermelon head".
Trump beat up Schiff because he was worried on TV that Russia was behind the laptop.
“Well, Adam Schiff, that guy, the watermelon head,” he said and said, Schiff said, “That was caused by Russia. Russia. Russia caused that, they created that. & # 39;
"The guy should be locked up," Trump said over the ship.
"Lock him up, lock him up," the crowd called back.
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