AGENCIES, Arizona: If US President Donald Trump was annoyed with former first lady Michelle Obama’s rant at the Democrats’ convention, as expected he came out guns blazing at a rally in Yuma on Tuesday.
The Democrat’s party is gathering virtually over four days to formally nominate Joe Biden and showcase why their candidate should replace Trump, with Barack Obama’s wife offering a stinging criticism of the president as a man lacking the character and skills for the job.
“I thought it was a very divisive speech, extremely divisive,” Trump told reporters at the White House, reacting to Michelle Obama’s fiery speech.
“Frankly, I would not even be here if it wasn’t for Barack Obama,” he said. “I would be building buildings someplace and having a good time.”
“Somebody please explain to @MichelleObama that Donald J. Trump would not be here, in the beautiful White House, if it weren’t for the job done by your husband, Barack Obama,” Trump said. “Biden was merely an afterthought, a good reason for that very late & unenthusiastic endorsement.”
“You know considering that we caught President Obama and Sleepy Joe Biden spying on our campaign – treason – we’ll probably be entitled to another four more years after that,” Trump said after thanking the crowd for their chants.
In her pre-recorded remarks to the convention – which has gone almost entirely online because of the coronavirus pandemic – Michelle Obama urged Americans to rally behind Biden, her husband’s former vice-president, in the Nov 3 presidential election.
Biden “will tell the truth, and trust science,” she said in a jab at Trump, who has been accused of ignoring the advice of scientists on how to respond to a health crisis which has left more than 171,000 Americans dead and millions without jobs.
“Whenever we look to this White House for some leadership, or consolation, or any semblance of steadiness, what we get instead is chaos, division and a total and utter lack of empathy,” she said in unprecedented criticism of a sitting US president by a former first lady.
“Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country,” she added.
“He is clearly in over his head. He can not meet this moment.”
After a night of hard-hitting attacks on Trump from Obama, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and others, including several Republicans, the convention is to feature remarks on Tuesday by two former presidents – Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.