Obama says he is responsible for booming economy and that Trump's tax cuts benefit wealthy and powerful
Former President Barack Obama, while addressing a rally in Cleveland, Ohio on Wednesday, slammed President Donald Trump for 'celebrating bullies'
Former President Barack Obama took credit for the booming economy in the country and branded his successor President Donald Trump a "demoagogue" at a recent rally. Obama also added that Trump poses a threat to democracy and said that the Republican was part of the culture which "celebrated bullies".
Obama, while addressing thousands of people in a school auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio, on Wedneday also slammed Trump's tax cuts for "the most wealthy and powerful" and said that his new tax cut policy is going to harm the country's economy in the years to come. The 44th US President was speaking at the venue to support Ohio Democratic governor nominee Richard Cordray, the Daily Mail reported.
The former president, while addressing the crowd, also claimed responsibility for the boom in the US economy and said that the growth in the economy began during his term, contrary to Presdient Trump's claims. "Just remember when it started," Obama said to the audience.
"The Republicans won the House, they won the Senate. They're still mad, which is interesting. So just remember... When you hear these folks bragging about this economic period, just remember when it started," he said.
Trump, on multiple occasions, took credit for the stable economy in the country. The Republican, on Monday, had tweeted: "The Economy is soooo good, perhaps the best in our country's history."
Obama also said that the people of America are "supposed to stand up to bullies, not follow them" and then railed against the "post-truth" era.
"Some things are complicated... When I was president, I was confident the American people wanted the truth. When there's a vacuum in our democracy, when we don't vote, when we take our basic rights for granted — other voices fill the void and demagogues who promise simple fixes to complicated problems prevail," the former president said.
"We have a chance to restore some sanity to our politics because you are the only check on bad policy," he told the crowd.
Obama also denounced the "opportunists" who undermine democratic institutions by exploiting societal divisions for their own political gain and added that the current adminsitration has made it very hard for "minorities, young people and poor folks" to go out and vote.
The former president added that the Republicans "appeal to our tribal instincts. They appeal to fear. They try to pit one against another. They say, 'We'll keep out those folks who don't look like us or sound like us'. That's a playbook as old as time. In a healthy democracy, that playbook doesn't work."