Former President Barack Obama launched his return to the campaign trail Friday with a fiery speech accusing President Trump and the GOP of fueling “division and resentment” — but the sitting president responded with a yawn.
“I’m sorry, I watched but I fell asleep,” Trump teased, speaking at a political rally minutes later for GOP Senate candidate Kevin Cramer in Fargo, North Dakota. “I found he’s very good for sleeping.”
At a rally later in the day in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for gubernatorial candidate Rep. Kristi Noem, he told supporters: “President Obama made a speech, now if that doesn’t get you out to vote for the midterms, nothing will.”
The back-and-forth between the sitting and former presidents sets the stage for a battle of the mega-surrogates heading into the November midterms. Trump has promised to ramp up his campaign appearances for GOP candidates and, with Obama flexing his political muscle once again, he will have a worthy competitor.
Obama’s campaign season debut launches his midterm effort to rally Democrats to the polls and end Republicans’ grip on power in Congress. The former president warned Friday that the stakes are high and the consequences of staying on the sidelines “dire.”