Fighting from a distance, President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama exchanged words on Friday as they sought to meet with the base of their parties in the last days before the midterm elections on November 6.
Obama urged the Democrats in Miami to turn against "division-based politics" and expressed hope that "we will cut the lies, block the noise and remember who we are called to be."
Trump said in West Virginia that he saw Obama's speech aboard Air Force One, reminding some of his most loyal supporters what he called Obama's broken promises in medical care, press freedom and global commerce.
"Lie after lie, broken promise after broken promise, that's what he did," Trump said during a rally in Huntington, West Virginia.
These competing campaign rallies, including Friday afternoon at events in Georgia and Indiana, put Trump in a moment of shared screen with Obama and set the stage for both heavyweights' weekend campaign events matches.
Trump wants seats in the Senate that currently have Democrats Joe Donnelly (Indiana) and Joe Manchin (West Virginia), two states that the president easily won in 2016. Meanwhile, Democrats could make history by electing the first African-American governor in Florida and Georgia, and they support the country's first African-American president to help them.
Over the weekend, Trump will go to Montana and Florida on Saturday; and to Georgia and Tennessee, on Sunday. Obama will return to the campaign on Sunday, when he will lead rallies for Donnelly in Gary, Indiana, and his hometown Chicago for J.B. Pritzker, who is a candidate for the governorship of Illinois.
"Why are you so upset?"
In Miami, Obama said democracy can not work when words lose their meaning, encouraging a crowd of around 3,000 to vote for Democratic candidates Andrew Gillum and Senator Bill Nelson.
The former president said that voters should not be cheating because of misinformation while Republicans allow the environment to be polluted, taxes are reduced to billionaires and medical care is taken away from millions of citizens.
During Obama's speech, a protester shouted that he should "denounce ANFITA" – Protesters fighting against neo-Nazis. The former president responded by pointing out the rage around the Trump supporters despite having won his candidate and asked: "Why are you so upset?"
That demonstrator and two other privileges escorted out of the meeting place
He did not keep the promises
Trump quickly responded to his predecessor in the White House, claiming that the former president had not kept his promises.
Trump said that Obama's statement that "if you like your doctor, you can stay with your doctor" that by the Affordable Care Act proved false. Some Americans were forced to change providers or health plans by law.
The president also said that "nobody was worse for the press than Obama" after Obama defended the First Amendment of the constitution. "He talks like I should be nice with the fake news," Trump said. "No thanks".