With the midterm elections in sight, former President Barack Obama has hit the campaign trail for the Democrats.
In the process, Obama, according to the Washington Examiner, has resorted to that timeless Democrat strategy of attacking former President Donald Trump.
What else would you expect?
The Examiner reports that Obama went after Trump, as well as other Republicans, during a speech that he gave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Saturday.
Obama was there in order to campaign for Democrat Mandela Barnes. Barnes is trying to unseat Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) in the midterms, and, in the process, Barnes is looking to become the state’s first Black senator. Barnes, however, is down in the polls.
Obama, at one point, told those in attendance that they ought not to be put off by Mandela’s name.
“I know that there are some folks, probably maybe not in this auditorium, but elsewhere in Wisconsin — who think, just because Mandela’s named Mandela, just because he’s a Democrat with a funny name, he must not be like you, he must not share your values,” Obama said.
Obama then segued to Trump, saying, “I mean, we’ve seen this. It sounds pretty familiar, doesn’t it?”
Obama’s cheap shot
Obama, here, was referring to back when Trump and other Republicans accused him of not being a native-born U.S. citizen, an accusation that Trump would later take back.
“Remember when that was the craziest thing [Trump] was saying?” Obama continued on Saturday. “Now, it doesn’t even make the Top 10 list of crazy.”
Obama has been making the rounds in order to try to win some votes for the Democrats in the midterms. Besides Wisconsin, Obama has stopped in Georgia and Michigan.
Whether or not Obama is actually helping the Democrats with his campaigning is something that commentators are disputing. Obama, himself, certainly is popular among Democrats. But, as Kellyanne Conway, the former counselor to Trump, put it, “over his eight years as president, Democrats lost a net 12 governors, nine U.S. senators, dozens of House seats, and 950 state legislative seats.”
That’s not exactly the winning track record that one would expect Obama to have.