He never mentioned him by name, but former President Barack Obama made it clear Friday at a rally in Miami’s Overtown that by electing Andrew Gillum governor of Florida, the state can deliver a blow to President Donald Trump.
Days away from an election that could complicate his successor’s chances at re-election or make it easier for him to win a second term, Obama insisted that nothing less than American democracy — and Florida’s eroding shorelines — are on the line in Tuesday’s election.
“I’m hopeful that we will cut through the lies, block out the noise and remember who we are called to be,” Obama said at a raucous rally at the Ice Palace, where he was interrupted by protesters several times, asking them at one point: “Why is that folks who won the last election are so mad all the time?”
Obama decried Trump’s immigration and healthcare policies and warned against “a politics based on division,” saying Tuesday’s election gives voters an opportunity to embrace a “politics based on a sense we are all in this together.
“One election won’t eliminate racism or sexism or homophobia .. but it will be a start,” Obama said. “And when you start down that path momentum starts to build.”
He called Tuesday’s contest the “most important election of our lifetime” and insisted it wasn’t political hyperbole.
“The consequences of any of us staying home really are more dangerous,” he said. “Maybe most of all the character of our country is on the ballot.”
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