Ex-President Obama intervenes in the US election campaign on behalf of Joe Biden. According to US intelligence agencies, Russia and Iran are trying to manipulate voters.
WASHINGTON afp | Former US President Barack Obama attacked incumbent Donald Trump at his first election rally in support of presidential candidate Joe Biden. In a speech in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Obama described the president as “unable to take the job seriously.” The office at the head of the state is “not a reality show. This is the reality, “said Obama, referring to Trump’s previous role in the TV series” The Apprentice “.
Posting messages on Twitter “while sitting in front of the TV doesn’t solve the problem,” said Obama of Trump. The ex-president appealed to the supporters of his Democratic Party not to believe they were in a false sense of security because of the current positive poll numbers for Biden.
He referred to the misleading polls for the presidential election four years ago, which predicted a victory for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton over Trump. At that time, many people had become “lazy and complacent” as a result of these surveys and did not vote. This should not be repeated.
Both in the national polls and in the polls in individual states that are considered to be decisive for the election on November 3, Biden is ahead of Trump. Pollsters assure that they learned from their mistakes four years ago and improved their methods.
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In recent months, Obama, highly respected by many Democrats, had backed Biden in video messages, who had served him as Vice President for eight years. But now he appeared for the first time directly in front of followers.
Obama performs at drive-in event in Philadelphia
However, because of the corona pandemic, his rally was organized as a drive-in event, at which the audience had to remain seated in their cars. Philadelphia is located in the state of Pennsylvania, which is counted among the key states in the election. In 2016, Trump surprisingly won against Clinton there.
Prior to his speech, Obama met with African-American community leaders in Philadelphia. He accused Trump of massive failures in dealing with the corona pandemic. Many people would not have died if there hadn’t been so much “incompetence” in the government and it hadn’t spread so much “misinformation”, said Obama.
With around 8.3 million cases of infection and more than 220,000 fatalities, the USA is the country in the world hardest hit by the corona pandemic.
Russia and Iran are said to have tapped voter data
According to US intelligence, Russia and Iran have tapped data from voters. Both states wanted to use these to send false information to registered voters, said the US intelligence coordinator John Ratcliffe in a press conference in Washington on Wednesday. The aim is to “create confusion, sow chaos and undermine confidence in American democracy”.
According to Ratcliffe, Iranian agencies have already sent “fake” emails to intimidate US voters, incite social unrest and “harm” President Donald Trump. Iran had also distributed a video that was intended to induce people to send in incorrect postal votes.
Over the past few months, Trump has repeatedly claimed that postal votes are extremely susceptible to fraud – although experts disagree with him. Because of the corona pandemic, there are now very many postal voters.
Hacker attacks and the use of false identities as early as 2016
There had been repeated information about covert foreign interference in this year’s US election campaign in recent months. According to the US secret services, Russia had already intervened massively in the 2016 election – in favor of Trump and to the detriment of his defeated rival Clinton. This was done, among other things, through hacker attacks and Internet campaigns under false identities.
Shortly before Ratcliffe’s press conference, threatening emails to voters registered as members of the Democratic Party caused a stir. According to media reports, voters in Alaska, Arizona, Florida and Pennsylvania received such emails asking them to vote for Trump. The sender was an address belonging to the right-wing radical Proud Boys group. However, she denied being behind the emails.
“We have all of your information”, it says in the emails whose addressees are named. “You are currently registered as a Democrat, and we know this because we have been given access to the entire electoral infrastructure. You will vote for Trump on election day or we will get you. ”In the US, a lot of voter data is publicly available.
On Thursday evening, Trump and Biden will compete against each other in their second and last television duel before the election.