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Trump Attacked Obama's DNC Speech Before It Was Even Over

The former president offered his most harsh critique yet of Trump, arguing he "hasn’t grown into the job because he can’t.”

Former President Barack Obama hadn’t even finished his speech at the 2020 Democratic National Convention before President Donald Trump attacked him.

Obama offered his toughest criticism of Trump yet in the speech, arguing the current president “hasn’t grown into the job because he can’t.”

“The consequences of that failure are severe. 170,000 Americans dead. Millions of jobs gone,” Obama said. “Our worst impulses unleashed, our proud reputation around the world badly diminished, and our democratic institutions threatened like never before.”

In response, Trump ― in all caps ― revisited a criticism he often lobs at his predecessor:

He followed that claim, which he’s made many times despite there being no evidence anything like that occurred, with another all-caps tweet criticizing Biden. 

Several reports published during the Democratic primary that cited sources close to Obama said he purposefully stayed out of the race. Biden told reporters in April he’d asked Obama not to endorse him in the race, saying “whoever wins this nomination should win it on their own merits.”