Obama Asks America To Save Democracy From GOP Fascists

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Former President Barack Obama gave a campaign speech in Nevada this week in support of Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D), who is running for re-election against Trump-backed Republican challenger Adam Laxalt, a Trump ally who has helped propagate election-related conspiracy theories.

Laxalt claimed after the 2020 election there were “thousands of illegal votes consisting of a combination of dead voters, out-of-state voters, double voters (those who cast ballots in Nevada and another state), among other improper votes” — all false. The problem is that, in the Senate, Laxalt could help exert control over the handling of election results from the next presidential race, although legislative reforms to the process of Congressionally certifying the outcome of a presidential election remain under consideration.

“On the one end, you’ve got politicians who seem like they will do anything and say anything to get power, and leaders who share our values, who want to make your lives better, who want to move the country forward,” Obama said on Tuesday, comparing the Democratic and Republican Party’s candidate slates this year. “It used to be that there were GOP members who championed progress, and civil rights, and rule of law. But these days, just about every Republican politician seems obsessed with two things: owning the libs and getting Donald Trump’s approval. That’s their agenda. They’re not interested in actually solving problems. They’re interested in making you angry, and finding somebody to blame, because they’re hoping that way you don’t notice they don’t have an agenda. They don’t have answers.”

“He has no actual evidence of election fraud,” Obama noted of the Republican pick for the Nevada Senate position. “Because there’s actually no widespread election fraud. But he’s not going to let that stop him. He’s going to look under every rock in the desert to try to find an excuse, although if he wins, I’m guessing he’ll be less concerned.” Obama also discussed what he did after losing — by a lot — the first time he ran for Congress. “I didn’t claim fraud,” he noted. “I certainly didn’t instigate a riot on the Capitol. Instead, I asked myself, how can I be better? How can I connect with voters better? Because that’s how it’s supposed to work.” Check out Obama’s comments below:

In Nevada, where polling shows a close race for Senate, authorities can process and count ballots before Election Day, helping with obtaining quicker results. Nevada was one of the swing states where Biden was victorious in the 2020 election that Trump allies prominently targeted in their election subversion efforts after the presidential race concluded. Laxalt served as a Nevada co-chair for the Trump campaign in 2020 and is a former state attorney general, a position he left in early 2019. “So if you’re anxious or frustrated right now, don’t complain. Don’t tune out. Don’t let the other side convince you that your vote doesn’t matter,” Obama added Wednesday on Twitter, the day after his appearance in Nevada, where he also supported Dems running for positions like governor. “Because if enough of us make our voices heard, things will get better and we will build a country that is more fair, more just, more equal, and more free.” Recently, Obama has also campaigned in Georgia and Michigan, where high-profile races for governor and Senate are taking place — with tens of millions of votes already cast nationwide.