Former President Barack Obama accused President Donald Trump of trying to prevent black people from voting in a new video released on Tuesday, just hours before Trump is slated to debate Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who served as Obama’s vice president for eight years.
“He roommates, Barack Obama here. Yes, coming to you from The Shade Room. As you know, the election is coming up, and I’ve got just one word for you: vote,” the Obama said. “Actually, I’ve got two: vote early.”
Watch below, courtesy of PBS:
Though he did not mention Trump by name, Obama’s message was clear: voting rights are under attack.
“Right now, from the White House on down, folks are working to keep people from voting, especially communities of color,” Obama said. “That’s because there’s a lot at stake in this election. Not just our pandemic response or racial justice, but our democracy itself, so it’s more important than ever to make your voice heard.”
Voters “can’t leave anything to chance,” Obama continued. “Just go to iwillvote.com and put your state” to find where early, in-person voting is available, he added.
Make your plan to vote early, and tell your friends and family to do the same, because now is the time to vote for what we believe in,” Obama concluded. “Let’s go out and win this thing.”
Seven weeks to go.
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