Former president Barack Obama has previously been quite restrained in his criticism of his successor, Donald Trump.
Any critique has usually been made through a polite veil, rarely slamming Trump individually.
But now, in the run-up to the November election, the gloves are off. In his speech to the Democratic National Convention, which is taking place this week, Obama did not mince his words.
Instead, he gave a blistering take-down of Trump’s four years in the Oval Office.
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I did hope, for the sake of our country, that Donald Trump might show some interest in taking the job seriously; that he might come to feel the weight of the office and discover some reverence for the democracy that had been placed in his care. But he never did.
Continuing, he said:
For close to 4 years now, he has shown no interest in putting in the work. No interest in finding common ground, no interest in using the awesome power of his office to help anyone but himself and his friends. No interest in treating the presidency as anything other than one more reality TV show he can use to get the attention he craves.
Donald Trump hasn’t grown into the job because he can’t.
The consequences of that failure are severe. This administration has shown it will tear our democracy down if that’s what it take for them to win.
So we have to get busy, building it up, by pouring all our efforts into these 76 days, by voting like never before for Joe and Kamala and candidates up and down the ticket.
So we leave no doubt about what this country that we love, stands for.
Obama’s speech made a pretty big impact; actor Mark Hamill immediately contrasted his words with a tweet Trump sent out at the same time, raging against Goodyear Tyres.
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