US President Barack Obama has lashed out at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s supporters, saying his popularity among working-class Americans is “frustrating.” Addressing a rally in support of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton at Florida International University in Miami, on Thursday, Obama said the New York businessman was “born with a silver spoon” and nobody should believe his claims of being a friend of the middle class.
“He’s got support here in Florida; he’s got some support around the country,” Obama said. “The most frustrating thing is, some of his support is coming from working folks. This is a guy who spent 70 years, his whole life, born with a silver spoon, showing no respect for working people.”
“You don’t see him hanging out with working people, unless they’re cleaning his room or mowing the fairways on his golf club. You’re going to make this guy your champion if you’re a working person? Come on,” the outgoing president said.
With 29 electoral votes, Florida plays a key role in this year’s cycle. This was Obama’s third visit to the biggest battleground state over the past two weeks. Trump and Clinton are locked up in a tight race in Florida, according to the latest statewide polls. According to the latest CNN/ORC poll released on Wednesday, the former secretary of state is holding a narrow 2-point edge over Trump, leading him 49 percent to 47 percent.
Trump held a similar lead over Clinton in the poll’s September iterations, but he gradually lost the advantage after the presidential debates. Obama told Clinton’s supporters in Florida that “all of the progress we’ve made goes out the window” if Clinton loses the November 8.
The real estate mogul, who was also campaigning in Florida, told his supporters in Florida on Thursday that Obama needed to get back to work and stop campaigning for Clinton.