As former President Barack Obama heads to Ohio for a campaign rally for Democrats, Ohioans are bracing for more insults.
In a speech last week, Obama insulted the millions of Ohioans – including thousands of Democrats – who voted for President Donald Trump in November 2016.
“The politics of division and resentment and paranoia has unfortunately found a home in the Republican Party,” Obama said.
Such dramatic mischaracterizations of reality are not new for national Democrat leaders. It was exactly two years ago that Hillary Clinton infamous cut loose with one of the biggest political gaffes of the century, when she said that Donald Trump’s supporters belong in a “basket of deplorables” because they harbor views she labeled “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic and Islamophobic.”
It’s only fitting that Obama is coming to raise money for yet another Democrat who has made outrageous claims against Republicans – Richard Cordray, the former Washington insider who headed Obama’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the brainchild of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
Cordray, who is running for governor against Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, has learned well from his old boss how to use divisive rhetoric and then call his opponents outrageous names.
After using the term “Nazi” to describe President Trump and the White House, Cordray has refused to apologize. Instead, he doubled down on these comments and compared Ohio Republicans to “Nazi collaborators.”
When will Democrats learn that they can’t just discount the millions of Americans that think differently than they do?” said Mandi Merritt, the Republican National Committee’s spokesperson for Ohio. “Ohioans rejected the continuation of Obama policies in 2016 and won’t take kindly to more of these Democrats’ insults. Ohioans are happy with the direction we’re headed under strong Republican leadership.”
Obama will appear with Cordray, a Democrat running for governor, Thursday night at the Cleveland Metropolitan School District East Professional Center Gymnasium at 1349 E. 79th St. in Cleveland. Doors to the event will open at 5 p.m. Admission is free but tickets are required. Anyone interested in attending can sign up here.
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Anthony Accardi is a writer and reporter for The Ohio Star.