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Obama Stays on Trump, GOP: Why 'So Angry All the Time'?

Former president appeared Friday at rallies in Georgia, Florida
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2018 9:10 AM CDT
Former President Barack Obama steps on stage to speak during a campaign rally for Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams at Morehouse College on Friday in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

(Newser) – Barack Obama has been hitting the campaign trail, stumping for Democratic candidates and making "fiery speeches." He continued making the rounds Friday, and while rallying in Georgia for gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who's running against Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the former president said he was there for just one reason. "To ask you to vote," he said, per CBS News, adding: "The consequences of any of us staying home are profound because America is at a crossroads. … The character of our country is on the ballot." At an earlier rally in Florida, where he threw his support behind Andrew Gillum in Gillum's race against Ron DeSantis for governor, Obama put out another thing that's been on his mind.

"Why is it that the folks who won the last election are so mad all the time?" he asked, per the Hill. "When I won the presidency, at least my side felt pretty good. It tells you something interesting, that even the folks in charge are still mad, because they're getting ginned up to be mad." He went on to accuse the GOP and Trump of using "scare tactics" to sway voters, "constant, incessant, non-stop attempts to divide us. Rhetoric that is designed to make us angry—to make us fearful." Obama dealt with some heckling at the Florida rally, and his response was pointed, per Business Insider. "Listen, here's the deal," he said after one interruption. "If you support the other candidates, then you should go support the other candidates. ... Go to their rally. Go talk about what you're for. Don't come hollering here." The crowd helped him out, drowning out the hecklers with chants of "Bring it home," Gillum's catchphrase. (Obama says Trump and the GOP are "making stuff up.")

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