Former president Barack Obama was right at home Thursday evening, speaking at a campaign event for Democrat Ralph Northam, who is running for governor of Virginia.
Northam is in a tight race against GOP candidate Ed Gillespie, who is a former chairman of the Republican National Committee.
Obama used his speech as an opportunity to take plenty of jabs at President Donald Trump, accusing the president of creating division.
“We’re at our best not when we are trying to put people down, but when we are trying to lift everybody up,” Obama declared.
“You notice I haven’t been commenting on politics lately, but here’s one thing I know. If you have to win a campaign by dividing people, you’re not going to be able to govern them. You’re not going to be able to unite them later, if that’s how you start,” he said.
“Folks don’t feel good right now about what they see, “Obama said, revving up the crowd. “They don’t feel as if our public life reflects our best. Instead of our politics reflecting our values, we’ve got politics infecting our communities,” he claimed.
Obama reminded everyone that his father was from Kenya, and said he is also distantly related to Jefferson Davis. “I’ll bet he’s spinning in his grave,” he declared.
Former Pres. Obama tells crowd in Richmond, Va. that he is distantly related to Jefferson Davis: “I’ll bet he’s spinning in his grave.” pic.twitter.com/2PqBek8vf3
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 19, 2017
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 20, 2017
Northam also slammed Trump, along with his opponent, saying, “Unfortunately my opponent Ed Gillespie is cut from the same cloth that Donald Trump is. He is nothing more than a Washington lobbyist who has now become Donald Trump’s chief lobbyist. We cannot let that happen in the commonwealth of Virginia. All of us need to stand up on Election Day. We cannot accept this is the new normal.”
Good things happen when we elect Democrats. pic.twitter.com/49w6ChPFqM
— Ralph Northam (@RalphNortham) October 20, 2017
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