On Saturday, former President Barack Obama issued a searing speech against Donald Trump at a Joe Biden campaign stop in Miami, Florida. Obama mocked Trump for his recent meltdown in response to a 60 Minutes interview, which he suddenly ended and walked out on after getting frustrated with the questions. As Obama noted, Trump “likes to act tough and talk tough… but when 60 Minutes and Lesley Stahl are too tough for you, you ain’t all that tough.” True indeed. Trump was apparently watching, and he freaked out on Twitter. He claimed — seemingly pulling the number out of thin air — that only 47 people watched Obama’s speech in-person. Notably, a link available on Obama’s Twitter account to watch the speech quickly racked up over half a million viewers.
Obama: "Joe Biden is tough. Something that you can't really say about this president. He likes to act tough and talk tough … but when '60 Minutes' and Lesley Stahl are too tough for you, you ain't all that tough."
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 24, 2020
Trump angrily tweeted:
‘Nobody is showing up for Obama’s hate laced speeches. 47 people! No energy, but still better than Joe!’
Again — Trump seems to have pulled this number out of thin air.
Nobody is showing up for Obama’s hate laced speeches. 47 people! No energy, but still better than Joe!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2020
In reality, it’s clear that people across the country are energized about the possibility of voting Donald Trump out of office. Early voting turnout, including both mail-in votes and early in-person votes, has dramatically soared across the country. A whopping over 56.5 million people have already voted with a little over a week left until Election Day. Among the about 27.7 million of those ballots for which party affiliation data is available, Democrats lead — they’ve cast about 49.6 percent of those early votes, compared to about 27.5 percent that have come from Republicans. Although Republicans have tended to favor voting in-person to begin with, it’s clear that there’s a lot of Democratic enthusiasm — which is also reflected by the monumental levels of fundraising that Democratic candidates have gathered. In the third quarter of 2020, Lindsey Graham’s Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison raised $57 million — the highest single-quarter fundraising total for any U.S. Senate candidate ever.
a) the president is watching Obama on TV
b) this 47 number seems to be made up from completely nothing https://t.co/3xwxF5Y1hC
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) October 24, 2020
Trump’s own sinking political chances have fallen alongside the chances of Republicans in Congress. Currently, Democrats are at least somewhat favored to win the House, Senate, and White House, according to FiveThirtyEight — and Democratic advantages are particularly sizable in two out of three of those contests, including the presidency and House.
Check out Twitter’s response to Trump’s anti-Obama rant below: