Former President Barack Obama warned that “winter is coming to America” and that the Trump administration is “waving the white flag” in the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking to rally participants in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday, Obama said the country could not afford a second Trump administration in which he ignored every important issue, from the COVID 19 pandemic to the bounties Russia is putting on the heads of U.S. soldiers. The former Democratic President’s pitch for former Vice President Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign mixed comedy and sharp-tongued criticism that Trump was “lazy”, distanced himself and continued to ignore rising coronavirus cases across the country. Health models predict that COVID-19, along with other winter diseases, will spread during November, December and January as companies try to pack up their customers and indoor air quality declines.
Obama used a reference to Game of Thrones to warn Florida voters on Tuesday that Trump was not even able to keep COVID-19 away from one of the safest places on earth: the White House.
Obama: “[Trump] is jealous of the COVID coverage in the media! If he had focused on COVID from the beginning, cases would not reach new record highs across the country this week … Winter is just around the corner. They wave the white flag of surrender’ pic.twitter.com/XQBcViEhIO
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“Winter comes and they wave the white flag, Florida. We cannot afford four more years of this, so we have to send Joe Biden to the White House,” Obama said before the Biden rally in Orlando.
Obama said that the loss of 100,000 small businesses nationwide and a rise in black unemployment of over 17 percent in the state of Florida were due to Trump’s botched pandemic response. “It doesn’t have to be this way, Florida,” Obama affirmed. “The chirping on television does not make things work.”
Obama repeated several lines he had used at a weekend rally for his former vice president in Miami, mocking Trump as a reality TV presenter who focused more on his ratings than on the American people. He quipped, “The Florida man wouldn’t even do something like that,” a reference to a popular Internet memo that makes fun of bizarre crime stories in the Sunshine State. The former president noted that White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, during a weekend appearance on the television news, said: “We will not control the pandemic.
“And what is Trump’s closing statement? That people are focusing too much on COVID, he said: “COVID, COVID, COVID, COVID,’ he is jealous of COVID’s coverage in the media! Obama joked before going on to say that Trump had turned the White House into a “hot zone” for the novel coronavirus. At least three dozen employees have been infected or tested positive for COVID in recent weeks, including the President himself.
“If he had focused on COVID from the beginning, the cases this week would not reach new record highs nationwide. If we focused on COVID now, the White House would not have the second outbreak in a month,” Obama continued. “The White House, let me say this, I lived in the White House for a while, it’s a controlled environment. You can take some preventive measures to avoid getting sick. Only this guy doesn’t seem able to do that. He has turned the White House into a hot zone. Some of the places where he holds rallies have seen peaks right after he left town.”
Andy Slavitt, former Deputy Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told CNBC on Tuesday that the U.S. may be entering the “most dangerous time” for the spread of the coronavirus.
“We’re seeing a much higher increase in cases across the entire northern part of the U.S., and the northern part of the U.S. is just a taste of what will happen when it gets cold in the rest of the country, which will happen soon,” Slavitt said.
Obama announced the line he used during his successful 2012 re-election campaign and his stump speeches for Hillary Clinton 2016: “Don’t boo, vote.
He pointed out that Florida has the highest enrollment rate in the Affordable Care Act of any state in the country – something that could be in jeopardy as several cases will be brought before the Supreme Court in November to challenge the law. Trump placed his third candidate on Monday night with the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett a