INDIANAPOLIS: Former President Barack Obama warned democratic voters against Donald Trump’s racist and violent rhetoric; which he said was meant to sow fear as he campaigned in support of Democratic candidates.
“We have seen repeated attempts to divide us with rhetoric designed to make us angry and make us fearful,” Obama said in Miami. “But in four days, Florida, you can be a check on that kind of behavior.”
Opinion polls and non-partisan forecasters generally show Democrats with strong chances of winning 23 additional seats and taking a majority in the House of Representatives, which they could use to launch investigations into Trump’s administration and block his legislative agenda.
Republicans are favored to retain control of the Senate, whose powers include confirming Trump’s nominations to lifetime seats on the Supreme Court.
Obama’s speech was repeatedly interrupted by hecklers, prompting him to quip: “Why is it that the folks who won the last election are so mad all the time?”
Interest in the election has been unusually high in a year when Congress but not the White House is at stake, according to early voting tallies. Twenty-seven states plus the District of Columbia have recorded more early votes at this point in the campaign than they did in all of 2014, according to The Election Project at the University of Florida, which tracks turnout.
Texas had already recorded more votes than it did in all of 2014, including Election Day, the group said.
After Miami, Obama was headed to Georgia to campaign for Stacey Abrams, a former state legislator aiming to become the nation’s first black female governor.