Former President Barack Obama called President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic a “chaotic disaster” in leaked audio from a discussion with the Obama Alumni Association.
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“What we’re fighting against is these long-term trends in which being selfish, being tribal, being divided, and seeing others as an enemy–that. has become a stronger impulse in American life. It would’ve been bad even with the best of governments, it has been an absolute chaotic disaster when that mindset — of ‘what’s in it for me’ and ‘to heck with everybody else’ — when that mindset is operationalized in our government,” Obama can be heard saying.
The pandemic has resulted in the deaths of over 75,000 Americans and far more worldwide. There have been over 1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States.
Obama goes on to discuss the upcoming presidential election, arguing that it “is so important because what we’re going to be battling is not just a particular individual or a political party.”
“That’s why, I, by the way, am going to be spending as much time as necessary and campaigning as hard as I can for Joe Biden,” he continues.
Obama’s office has yet to comment.