Obama Mocks Trump at Miami Biden Rally: 'Florida Man Wouldn't Even Do This Stuff'

Former President Barack Obama ripped into Donald Trump during a pair of South Florida campaign stops, accusing the president of having no plan for the COVID-19 pandemic, no Republican health care plans and a complete disinterest in the job.

At a drive-in rally on Saturday afternoon, Obama spoke to dozens of Miami residents amid honking, cheers and supportive signs, one of which read "Obama Saved My Son." The former president touted his former Vice President Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris' Democratic Party challenge to a second Trump term in the White House. Obama honed in on Trump acting as if the novel coronavirus never existed as more than 200,000 Americans died from the virus in just the past seven months. Obama mocked Trump for fleeing a recent 60 Minutes interview and said, "even his TV ratings are down."

"'Florida Man' wouldn't even do this stuff. Why are we accepting it from the president," Obama said in one of many quips at the expense of Trump.

Obama painted a scathing portrait of Trump's four years in office, accusing him of overseeing the destruction of 100,000 small businesses and having "completely screwed up" the U.S. pandemic response in an embarrassing failure of leadership.

"Trump wants full credit for the economy he inherited and zero blame for the pandemic he ignored," Obama said with a scoff. "As a general rule, this is not a person who likes to take responsibility for anything. But you know, the job doesn't work that way."

Obama said Trump has no empathy and no concern for average Americans and is only seeking a second term "to help himself" and his wealthy friends. In his high-energy speech Obama reminded attendees that Trump once asked advisers whether he could "nuke a hurricane" and recently tried to sell Puerto Rico. The former president said Trump's apathy has hurt Black and Latino communities harder than many people.

"He got mad and walked out of the 60 Minutes interview. He thought the questions were too tough. If he can't answer a tough question like 'what would you like to do in your second term,' then we can't give him a second term," Obama told the Miami crowd, prompting raucous cheers from the crowd. "When 60 Minutes and Lesley Stahl are too tough for you, you ain't all that tough."

"He was asked 'What is your new plan for the next phase of COVID?' Which is a pretty good question considering we just saw the highest number of cases spike up yesterday," Obama said. "So you'd think he'd be ready for a response. Instead, he just said it wasn't his fault and he didn't have [a plan]. He doesn't have a plan, he doesn't even acknowledge the reality."

Obama reiterated that Trump won't acknowledge that he "pretended like coronavirus didn't exist" while telling the American people to drink bleach as a remedy. "These next 10 days will matter for decades to come," Obama continued. "If you bring Florida home, this thing is over." Obama urged Florida residents to get out and vote early and before Election Day itself.

Trump, who is also set to appear at a campaign event in Florida Saturday, took to Twitter to throw criticisms back at his predecessor: "Nobody is showing up for Obama's hate laced speeches. 47 people! No energy, but still better than Joe!" Trump tweeted during Obama's remarks in Miami.

The former White House occupant won the state of Florida twice during both of his presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012. He stressed that a Biden presidency would allow the federal government to get the pandemic under control instead of "floating conspiracy theories" to cover up failures.

"We have got a POTUS who actually suggested selling Puerto Rico. Believe it or not, it could've been worse. He once asked our national security officials if he could nuke hurricanes. I mean, at least he didn't do that. A nuclear hurricane seems like it would have been bad," Obama continued.

"I've sat in the Oval Office with both of the men who are running for president and they are very different people. You know, Donald Trump, I knew he wasn't going to embrace my vision, I knew he wasn't going to continue my policies, but I did hope that for the country's sake he would have shown at least a little bit of interest in taking the job seriously. That's not how it worked out."

"[Biden] and Kamala are going to be in the fight, not for themselves, but for you and us," Obama said. "You've got to have a plan, you've got to do the work."

Newsweek reached out to both the Trump and Biden campaigns for reactions and additional Florida campaign stop information.

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Former President Barack Obama ripped into Donald Trump during a pair of South Florida campaign stops Saturday, accusing the president of having no plan for the COVID-19 pandemic, no Republican health care plans and a complete disinterest in the job. Screenshot: YouTube | CNN