BARACK OBAMA took aim at Donald Trump in a scathing speech during a rally in Pennsylvania last night.
Taking to the campaign trail to urge Americans to vote for Joe Biden in the upcoming elections, former US President Barack Obama addressed a drive-in rally in Philadelphia where he criticised much of the president's actions over the last four years, and compared Mr Trump to a "crazy uncle".
"He hasn’t shown any interest in doing the work or helping anybody but himself and his friends or treating the presidency like a reality show that he can use to get attention," Mr Obama said.
"And by the way, even then his TV ratings are down. So you know that upsets him."
"But the thing is, this is not a reality show, this is reality," Mr Obama continued, referencing the loss of millions of jobs, the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people and the closure of 100,000 small businesses.
"The only people who are better off than they were four years ago are the billionaires who got his tax cuts", he said, and slammed Mr Trump for refusing to expand financial relief for families affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
"He goes out of his way to insult everybody who doesn't support them, or threaten them with jail," Mr Obama said of the President.
"That's not normal presidential behaviour," he said.
"We wouldn’t tolerate it in our family, except for maybe crazy uncle somewhere. I mean, why would we expect and accept this from the President of the United States? And why are folks making excuses for that? 'Oh, well, that’s just him!'
"No. There are consequences to these actions. They embolden other people to be cruel and divisive and racist, and it frays the fabric of our society, and it affects how our children see things. And it affects the ways that our families get along. It affects how the world looks at America. "
He urged US citizens to vote for Democratic candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, who he says is "a friend of the working people".
"He made me a better president and he's got the character and experience to make us a better country. And he and Kamala are going to be in the fight, not for themselves but for every single one of us."
Kamala Harris and Joe Biden are a better choice for the next four years than Donald Trump, who he said "wants full credit for the economy he inherited and zero blame for the pandemic that he ignored".
"We literally left this White House a pandemic playbook that would have shown them how to respond before the virus reached our shores," a visibly frustrated Obama said.
"They probably used it to I don’t know, prop up a wobbly table somewhere. We don’t know where that playbook went. Eight months into this pandemic, cases are rising again across this country.
"Donald Trump isn’t suddenly going to protect all of us. He can’t even take the basic steps to protect himself."
Mr Trump did not take the comments lying down-- he himself was present at an in-person rally in North Carolina yesterday evening, where he said a "very safe vaccine" is coming "very quickly" and the pandemic is "rounding the corner".
"This election is a choice between a Trump super recovery or a Biden steep depression, and that’s what you’re going to have," he said.
"It’s between a Trump boom or a Biden lockdown. He wants to lock you down. "
He scoffed at the fact Mr Obama was campaigning for Joe Biden "even though he refused to support Biden" at first.
"Even after Biden sort of semi-won, he semi-won, he wouldn't do it, it took forever," Mr Trump told the cheering crowd.
President Trump pointed out that Mr Obama had also campaigned for Hillary Clinton, who lost out on the presidency to Mr Trump in 2016.
Joe Biden and Donald Trump will go head-to-head in the final Presidential debate tonight, before America goes to the polls on 3 November to choose their president for the next four years.