Is Trump obsessed with President Obama

US election campaign: Obama attacks Trump

Washington - It is not that Barack Obama has not yet intervened in the election campaign. Two months ago, at the Democratic nomination convention, he gave a curtain sermon in which he expressed disapproval of his successor in the White House in a way that was not known from his previous reluctance. "Donald Trump has not grown into the job because he cannot do it," ranted the former president, who suddenly took up the verbal club instead of using the foil, which is actually his way of doing things. On Wednesday evening in Philadelphia the old Obama could be seen again, the master of the fine rhetorical blade.

In order to advertise his former vice Joe Biden, he threw himself directly into the election campaign after a long break. Whereby one shouldn't take the turmoil so literally. While Trump speaks in front of thousands of supporters at rallies, the Democrats have discovered the corona-friendly version of the drive-in for themselves. You drive into a parking lot in your car, ideally in a vehicle with an open roof, in order to follow the protagonist's performance from there. Spatial distance is guaranteed, horns replace applause. In Obama's case, the organizers allowed around 200 vehicles. So much for the ambience. In terms of content, the speaker had to offer one needle prick after the other against the man who is positively obsessed with the idea of ​​undoing as much as possible everything that his predecessor had initiated.

Punishment against Trump

There would be a previously secretive bank account for Trump in China, an account whose existence the "New York Times" only revealed on Tuesday. "We know that he will continue to do business with China because he has a secret account there," said Obama, indicating that his successor would allow other standards to apply to himself personally, while he constantly emphasized that no one was so uncompromising with Beijing treat like him. "Imagine if I had a secret Chinese bank account when I ran for re-election. They called me Peking-Barry." In the English original it sounds better: "Beijing Barry".

Second, there is a manual on how to deal with dangerous viruses, which the 44th US President left the 45th. On 70 pages, experts summarized what they had learned from the Ebola epidemic and the spread of the Zika virus. Novel coronaviruses, they warned, are something to look out for. Trump, however, claimed in the first few months of the pandemic that the previous government had left him nothing but empty shelves. Now follows, almost in the style of a cabaret artist, the pointed reply. The manual, Obama squeals, was apparently used by Trump's people to stabilize a shaky table.

"He has shown no interest in doing the job or helping anyone other than himself," Obama said. He repeatedly condemned Trump's handling of the pandemic. "Donald Trump is not suddenly going to protect us all," he said. "He can't even take the most basic steps to protect himself."

Peace on the Thanksgiving Chalkboard

Third, there is the ridiculously low income tax of the New York billionaire, $ 750 each in 2016 and 2017. He paid such sums in taxes when he was 15 years old helping out in a vacation job at a Baskin Robbins ice cream parlor, the Democrat teased.

Finally, the warning to take part in the election this time. In Philadelphia, a city almost half of which is Afro-American, black voters who were still enthusiastic about Obama gave candidate Hillary Clinton the cold shoulder four years ago. Thousands of people decided not to vote, which contributed to Trump's surprise victory in hotly contested swing state Pennsylvania. In Biden's case, the same thing should not happen again, Obama appeals to the people of Philadelphia who are sympathetic to the Democrats, "this is the most important vote of our lives." Incidentally, he says afterwards, with a wink again, Thanksgiving, the upcoming family festival for turkey in November, can be celebrated in a much more relaxed manner if Trump loses and there is no reason for internal family controversy. "Then you don't have to fight every day anymore. It won't be so exhausting anymore."

Romney doesn't vote for Trump

Obama's former challenger for the office of US president, Mitt Romney, also opposes Trump. He did not vote for Trump in the election, said the Republican senator, known as an inner-party critic of Trump, to CNN on Thursday. Romney did not reveal whether he gave his vote to Biden. "I didn't vote for President Trump," he said simply. Whom his choice fell on, he wanted to "keep to me at this point in time".

It is also possible that Romney voted for one of the hopeless niche candidates who will be running alongside Trump and Biden on November 3rd when he cast his vote early. Millions of Americans take advantage of the opportunity to vote in specially opened polling stations or by postal vote before election day.

Democrats boycott committee vote on female judge

There is still a stir about Trump's candidate for the Supreme Court. The Senate Justice Committee Democrats will boycott the vote on Amy Coney Barrett as a candidate for the Supreme Court on Thursday. The Democratic MPs said on Wednesday that they did not want to further legitimize the process that was pushed through by the Republicans. The panel meeting is an intermediate step ahead of the Senate vote on Barrett, expected on Monday.

The judges are nominated by the President and appointed by the Senate. According to Trump's will, Barrett is to replace the liberal justice icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died in September. With Barrett's appointment, the Conservatives would increase their majority to six out of nine seats in the Supreme Court. The Democrats demand that only the winner of the election should decide on the Ginsburg successor.

The Judiciary Committee has 22 members, twelve of whom are Republicans. With their boycott, the Democrats could only hinder a vote on Barrett if someone from the Republican majority also stayed away from the meeting. So far there has been no evidence of this.

Interference from Iran and Russia

Meanwhile, US secret services are warning of an external threat. Iran and Russia are therefore actively involved in the US election. They spread false information and illegally stole "some" personal data from registered voters, said intelligence coordinator John Ratcliffe at a press conference called at short notice on Wednesday evening. The data could be misused to misinform voters and cause confusion. Iranian authorities have already sent out emails with the aim of "intimidating voters, stirring up social unrest and harming President Trump," said Ratcliffe.

At the same time, he assured the Americans that the integrity of the November 3rd election would not be jeopardized. "Rest assured, your votes are safe," said Ratcliffe. FBI chief Christopher Wray added: "We will not tolerate foreign interference in our election or any criminal activity that undermines the integrity of your voice or undermines public confidence in the outcome of the election." Iran and Russia rejected the allegations.

Open questions

The New York Times reported that government officials did not claim that the voter registration system had been hacked. The names of voters, party affiliations and some contact information are publicly available. This information may have been linked to other information such as e-mail addresses from other databases, the newspaper quoted an intelligence officer as saying. This could also include information that hacker networks would have sold in the "dark web" (anonymous networks).

The emails sent by Iranian authorities were apparently recently leaked letters that were sent on behalf of the right-wing US group Proud Boys, according to the US media, citing the Department of Homeland Security. The emails went mainly to Democratic voters in parts of the states of Alaska and Florida. The recipients were threatened and asked to vote for Republican Trump. Ratcliffe did not provide any details about the emails, but referred to the media reports.

The chairman of the secret service committee in the US House of Representatives, the Democrat Adam Schiff, questioned the extent to which the emails - as stated by Ratcliffe - should harm Trump. It is unclear whether this is the interpretation of Ratcliffe or the analysis of the secret services, Schiff told the broadcaster MSNBC. Sadly, the Americans "could not trust the intelligence coordinator without evidence on the table". Trump nominated Ratcliffe for the post in February. He was ratified by the Senate in May. (Frank Herrmann, APA; 10/22/2020)