While Trump Is Banned for Questioning Election, Obama Claims GOP Is 'Rigging the Game'
Remember the charismatic, young African-American senator from Illinois who electrified crowds with his rhetoric, who called for a new kind of politics that would heal the United States?
Unfortunately, the audacity of hope quickly devolved into the audacity of bitter partisanship and division following his historic victory.
Barack Hussein Obama, the 44th president of the United States, spoke at an event sponsored by The Economic Club of Chicago on Friday where he sharply condemned the new voting reform laws enacted recently in Georgia and Florida and currently under consideration in the state of Texas and elsewhere.
Republicans are “rigging the game,” Obama declared. “That’s the kind of dangerous behavior that we’re going to have to push back on.”
Addressing what he called the Jan. 6 “insurrection,” he said, “And you had one of the major American political parties not only fail to condemn some of that behavior, but embrace a patently false narrative about the election being stolen that is being still perpetuated and now that same major political party being willing to initiate legislative — you know — actions across the country where they’re saying, ‘we’re going to let partisan legislatures decide whether or not to certify an election,’ uh, and institute voter suppression measures directly targeted, for example, at cities in those states, so there’s a different set of rules for how votes are counted in Atlanta versus how they’re counted in the rest of Georgia…
“I think the corporate community has a responsibility to at least call folks out on that. Because that transcends policy. … Do the basic rules by which we all have agreed to keep this diverse, multiracial democracy functioning, are we going to stick to those rules or are we going to start rigging the game in a way that breaks it?” he asked rhetorically?
“And that’s not going to be good for business, not to mention not good for our soul.”
The relevant quotes from Obama’s appearance are in the interview below. (Try to overlook the usual Obama self-aggrandizement.)