President Obama used a large portion of his 44 minute speech at the Democratic National Convention to attack GOP nominee Donald Trump, prompting Trump’s campaign to hit back, calling the event a ‘night of empty rhetoric’.
While making the case for a Hillary Clinton presidency, Obama described Trump’s message as one of fear, anger and hate.
“America is already great,” Obama noted in reference to Trump’s slogan. “Make America Great Again.” “America is already strong. And I promise you, our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump.” the incumbent President added.
“Donald Trump calls it ‘a divided crime scene’ that only he can fix,” Obama continued.
“He’s just offering slogans, and he’s offering fear. He’s betting that if he scares enough people, he might score just enough votes to win this election.” he added.
“That is another bet that Donald Trump will lose,” Obama continued. “Because he’s selling the American people short. We are not a fragile or frightful people. Our power doesn’t come from some self-declared savior promising that he alone can restore order. We don’t look to be ruled.”
Obama said that Trump’s message “wasn’t particularly Republican — and it sure wasn’t conservative.”
“What we heard was a deeply pessimistic vision of a country where we turn against each other, and turn away from the rest of the world,” Obama said. “There were no serious solutions to pressing problems — just the fanning of resentment, and blame, and anger, and hate.”
The smack talk continued as Obama made jibes about Trump’s business acumen.
“The Donald is not really a plans guy. He’s not really a facts guy, either,” Obama said. “He calls himself a business guy, which is true, but I have to say, I’ve met many business men and women who’ve achieved remarkable success without leaving a trail of lawsuits and unpaid workers and people feeling like they got cheated.”
“I promise you, our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump,” he said, adding later that “the American Dream is something no wall will ever contain.”
At one point Obama also joked about the birther controversy, making a jokey comment about his grandparents’ birth certificates.
Obama reeled off the usual rhetoric about Hillary being “more qualified” than anyone to be president.
“You can read about it. You can study it. Until you’ve sat at that desk, you don’t know what it’s like to manage a global crisis, or send young people to war. But Hillary’s been in the room; she’s been part of those decisions.” he stated.
Without referring directly to any of the scandals Clinton has been embroiled in directly, Obama said that Hillary “knows she’s made mistakes, just like I have; just like we all do. That’s what happens when we try.”
Trump’s campaign hit back after the speech, with Trump’s senior policy adviser, Stephen Miller saying Democrats had obsessed over Trump yet “offered no solutions.”
“They described a vision of America that doesn’t exist for most Americans, including the 70 percent of Americans who think our country is on the wrong track,” Miller said. “Never has a party been so disconnected from what is happening in our world.”
Miller added that Democrats are avoiding “dealing with reality.”
“They spoke in cheap, petty terms beneath the dignity of a convention,” he said. “Their entire message could be summed up as: things are perfect, let’s not change a single thing. So they resorted to the politics of fear, trying to convince Americans not to vote for change.”
“Our campaign offers a bold, exciting, detailed vision for the future,” he continued. “Tonight, the Democrats’ offered only more rewards for the rich, powerful and well-connected, and more angry, demeaning, sniping attacks against all decent Americans who want change for their families.”
Republicans, including Trump himself, took to social media to lambast the DNC following Obama’s speech.
The Clinton-Kaine ticket is nothing more than 2 career DC insiders who only want to continue the failed Democrat status quo #DemsInPhilly
— Reince Priebus (@Reince) July 28, 2016
Americans have had enough of out-of-touch career politicians & that's exactly what Clinton-Kaine ticket & Dem Party represents #DemsInPhilly
— Reince Priebus (@Reince) July 28, 2016
Under Obama admin, we've had a system that favors established interests—big govt, big labor, & big business—over hardworking Americans.
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) July 28, 2016
Our country does not feel 'great already' to the millions of wonderful people living in poverty, violence and despair.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2016
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com