With growing desperation to preserve Democrat control over Virginia, the party has turned to its most popular figure in an effort to save the candidacy of Terry McAuliffe who has struggled to appeal to a majority of voters.
On Saturday, former President Barack Obama hit the campaign trail to stump for McAuliffe, a move that party loyalists hope will benefit the Commonwealth’s former governor in what is expected to be a razor-thin race.
Obama whipped up the crowd in Richmond with his standard routine of playing on emotions by drawing heavy on themes of race and class as he laid out the case for why Virginians should vote to return McAuliffe to the governor’s mansion – his initial term ran from 2014-2018 – and he praised the former DNC head as a man with a “track record of accomplishment” who is best fit to lead the state.
He also assailed McAuliffe’s opponent, Republican Glenn Youngkin for his wealth despite the fact that Obama himself is filthy rich, having cashed in spectacularly in the aftermath of his disastrous tenure in the White House.
Obama: You can’t run ads telling me you’re a regular old hoops playing dish washing fleece wearing guy but quietly cultivate support from those who seek to tear down our democracy…. pic.twitter.com/0u6hZ8mbwO
— Acyn (@Acyn) October 23, 2021
Obama snidely mocked Youngkin over his basketball skills, “I’m less convinced that the co-CEO of one of the largest private equity firms in the world spends his time washing dishes and going grocery shopping, but who knows…maybe,” he said. “But you do notice that like whenever a wealthy person runs for office they always want to show you what a regular guy they are, but that’s ok.”
Obama was referring to The Carlyle Group, the massive equity firm where he worked prior to his retirement to run for governor. According to Forbes, Youngkin is worth $440 million. Obama’s estimated net worth is $70 million, not uber-wealthy but rich enough to afford an estate at Martha’s Vineyard.
The former POTUS then played the “insurrection card, “But when your supporters hold a rally where they pledge allegiance to a flag that was flown at the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th, the biggest threat to our democracy in my lifetime, when you don’t separate yourselves from them, when you don’t think that’s a problem, well you know what?” Obama asked. “That’s a problem.”
“You can’t run ads telling me you’re a regular ol’ hoops-playing, dish-washing, fleece-wearing guy, but quietly cultivate support from those who seek to tear down our democracy,” Obama said, invoking the term “democracy” that has been twisted in Orwellian fashion by Democrats and now means anything but the traditional definition.
Obama also dismissed the ongoing revolt against critical race theory, an issue that has greatly damaged McAuliffe with Virginia being on the front lines of the battle for the soul of America and a state where “woke” leftist ideology is so strong that a Loudoun County school board covered up a vicious sexual assault because the perpetrator was a transgender.
Former President @BarackObama: "We don't have time to be wasted on these phony trumped-up culture wars, this fake outrage, the right-wing media's pedals to juice their ratings." pic.twitter.com/bmMnet8q5X
— The Hill (@thehill) October 23, 2021
“We don’t have time to be wasted on these phony trumped-up culture wars, this fake outrage, the right-wing media’s pedals to juice their ratings, and the fact that he’s willing to go along with it instead of talkin’ about serious problems that actually exist, affect serious people,” said Obama of Youngkin.
He added, “That’s a shame, that’s not what this election’s about… that’s not what you need Virginia,” as he called for support of ideology-driven educators as he dismissed justified outrage of parents over CRT as a “right-wing” construct to bolster television ratings.
Obama’s defense of critical race theory and the far-left zealots within the state’s education system drew a harsh rebuke from Twitter users.
Sorry, but McAuliffe saying that parents shouldn't be in charge of their children's education and the Loudoun County school board lying to parents about sexual assaults in bathrooms isn't "trumped up cultural wars" https://t.co/fRWi9XfK6C
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) October 23, 2021
I guess a Dad complaining about his daughter getting raped in a school bathroom is now just a trumped up culture war. Keep dismissing genuine concerns of parents and watch all your election hopes disappear…
— SoxFanWifey (@nivratsmom) October 24, 2021
How bad is their internal polling?
— Abnormal Accrual (@bbm010) October 23, 2021
A school board covering up a rape so that a few trans kids can share a bathroom isn’t a trumped up culture war
— Rick Giles (@SlickRickG83) October 24, 2021
Every-time this pr*ck speaks he is in a culture war instilling division!
— Bob Lablah (@MrBobLablah) October 24, 2021
Dems literally push a bunch of radical ideologues and ideologies that spent the 70's and 80's bombing half the country and calling for a Revolution but we "invented" the culture war out of thin air.
These are literally the ideas Obama grew up in. He's a masterful liar.
— Eric Newbury (@newbury_eric) October 24, 2021
Meanwhile, Youngkin responded by taking to Twitter to issue a challenge to Obama who is an avid hoops fan.
— Glenn Youngkin (@GlennYoungkin) October 23, 2021
McAuliffe who said that critical race theory doesn’t exist in Virginia schools but that parents who oppose it are racists is seeking to replace current Governor Ralph Northam aka “Coonman” who was given a pass from the media and fellow Democrats despite a scandalous yearbook photo of him either in blackface or a KKK hood that would have ended his political career if he was a Republican.
Northam can’t run for reelection because the Commonwealth prohibits governors from serving two consecutive terms although a governor is allowed to run for a second term in the future after the expiration of a first term, a wrinkle that sets the Old Dominion apart from other states.
Whether Obama’s presence on the campaign trail will be enough to save McAuliffe will be up to voters when they go to the polls next month.
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