Washington Post: Watch Obama defend a Trump supporter’s rights at a Clinton rally

“Hold up, hold up, hold up,” Obama shouted several times, urging the crowd of 4,500 at a gym at Fayetteville State University to listen. “I told you to be focused and you’re not focused right now. Listen to what I’m saying.”

“Everybody sit down and be quiet for a second. Everybody sit down and be quiet for a second. Now listen up. I’m serious. Listen up,” Obama said. “You’ve got an older gentleman who is supporting his candidate. He’s not doing nothing. You don’t have to worry about him.”

The crowd continued to heckle, and Obama continued to urge those shouting to “hold up,” defending the man’s right to free speech.

“First of all, we live in a country that respects free speech,” Obama said. “Second of all, it looks like maybe he might have served in our military and we ought to respect that. Third of all, he was elderly and we got to respect our elders. And fourth of all, don’t boo. Vote!”

Obama continued to urge voters to focus, saying that’s part of the problem this election season.

“We just get stirred up for all kinds of reasons that are unnecessary. Just relax,” Obama said.

From Sarah Pulliam Bailey: Watch Obama defend a Trump supporter’s rights at a Clinton rally — Washington Post

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19 thoughts on “Washington Post: Watch Obama defend a Trump supporter’s rights at a Clinton rally

    • Trump’s been claiming Obama “screamed at” the supporter.. (He’s repeated this multiple times).

      Also, he’s been talking about how the Democrats tried to assassinate him as well. (The Trump crowd turned on a guy with a “Republicans against Trump” sign, got rather violent, and someone shouted “Gun” because security wasn’t tossing this dangerous man with the sign out fast enough.).

      *sigh*. That’s what’s going on. One of the two major Presidential candidates is a man who repeatedly lies about things we have video evidence of, and who turned violence by his own supporters against a protester into an assassination attempt against him.

      And it’s looking like at least 85% of the GOP is gonna vote for him.

      I’m pretty sure I’m gonna die of old age before I can take a Republican seriously.

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  1. Just to follow up the story, Trump claimed at a rally later that day, that Obama

    …Today, Obama had a protester and the protester–if I have one, they immediately pick out the protester. Even though the protesters, we just found out through WikiLeaks were paid $1,500 to go into our rallies and be violent, right?

    But whenever there’s a protester, the only time the cameras move–the only time they pick out a protester, because that’s a negative thing, right? And yet Obama today spoke in front of a much smaller crowd than this, by the way, and there was a protester. And a protester that likes us. And what happened is they wouldn’t put the cameras on him. They kept the cameras on Obama. And I said that’s strange. You saw it today on television, right? He was talking to the protester, screaming at him–really screaming at him. By the way, if I spoke the way Obama spoke to that protester, they would say, “He became unhinged. He became – “. You have to go back and look and study. And see what happened. They never moved the camera. And he spent so much time screaming at this protester, and frankly it was a discrace. It was – and he shouldn’t be there, and he shouldn’t be there to begin with…

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