Former President Barack Obama unleashed a torrent of mockery and insults against President Donald Trump at a campaign rally meant to bolster Democratic hopes for a "blue wave" in the midterm elections.
"He just makes it up!"
"Who are we?" he asked a receptive audience in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. "What kind of politics do we want to see? What kind of accountability do we expect out of our elected officials?"
"But what we have not seen before in our recent public life at least, is politicians just blatantly, repeatedly, baldly, shamelessly, lying," he claimed to great applause from the audience.
"Making stuff up!" he charged. "Calling up down! Calling black white!"
"The president said he'd pass a middle class tax cut before the next election," Obama said in another part of his speech, "Congress isn't even in session! He just makes it up!"
Obama even attempted to mimic Trump in a mocking impression.
"He says 'I'm going to protect your preexisting conditions,' while his Justice Department is in court right now," he continued, "trying to strike down those protections."
"That is not spin," he said. "That's not exaggeration, that's not trying to put a positive glow on things - that's lying!"
"I guess it wasn’t that important"
Obama also mocked Trump and his allies for a recent report that the Chinese had hacked his phone and were listening to his conversations.
“In the last election is was Hillary’s emails," Obama said. "‘This is terrible.’ ‘Hilary’s emails!’ We were hearing Hillary’s emails everywhere."
"They didn't care about emails," he continued, "And you know how you know? Because if they did, they'd be up in arms right now as the Chinese are listening to the president's iPhone that he leaves in his golf cart."
“It turns out, I guess it wasn't that important," he mocked.
Trump denied the charges from his Twitter account on Thursday, calling the story "soooo wrong!"
The so-called experts on Trump over at the New York Times wrote a long and boring article on my cellphone usage tha… https://t.co/z298LTTxBB— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1540464882.0
Here's the video of some of Obama's comments:
Obama launched his invective against Trump on a day when the media was assailing the president for not being civil enough in the wake of the arrest of a suspect in the package bomb investigation.