PV International Desk : Former US president Barack Obama excoriated Donald Trump and warned on Wednesday against complacency despite favorable opinion polls during his first public rally in support of Democratic challenger Joe Biden ahead of the November 3 election.
At the drive-in rally in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, one of a handful of battleground states expected to decide the election, Obama lashed out at Trump’s behavior and declared him “incapable of taking the job seriously.”
But he also issued a stark reminder of 2016, when opinion polls showed Hillary Clinton as the clear favorite — only for her and her supporters to be shocked by a Trump victory on election day.
“We can’t be complacent. I don’t care about the polls,” the former two-term president told the rally outside a baseball stadium.
“There were a whole bunch of polls last time. Didn’t work out. Because a whole bunch of folks stayed at home. And got lazy and complacent. Not this time. Not in this election.”
He told supporters that too much was at stake to have four more years of Trump leading the nation, seeking to contrast his successor — a Republican real estate mogul and ex-reality TV star — with his former vice president.