Former President Barack Obama dealt with a heckler in Michigan on Saturday when he stumbled for Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
Obama, speaking to a packed house in Detroit, expressed despair at the ongoing radicalization of US politics and warned that “more people will get hurt” if tensions don’t de-escalate.
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Obama was interrupted by a heckler who cried out during a pause in the former President’s speech. The breaker, a man, could not be understood from the first video.
“Sir, that’s what I say,” Obama said angrily to the heckler. “We have a process that we have set up in our democracy.”
The former president continued: “Right now I’m talking. You’ll have the opportunity to talk about it sometime later. You wouldn’t do that in a workplace.”
The crowd reacted negatively to the outburst, booing the heckler before chanting “Obama” to drown out the back-and-forth.
Obama, who remains the most popular person in the Democratic Party nearly six years after leaving the White House, is trying to work last-minute political magic as Democrats desperately try to hold on to their razor-thin congressional majorities in the midterm elections. The former president is headlining rallies in five states that mark key Senate and gubernatorial elections.
The former two-year president launched his efforts in the key southeastern battleground state of Georgia, where Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock, pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta where Martin Luther King Jr. once preached, is running for a full six years. one-year term in the Senate.
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With Democrats facing historic headwinds — the party that wins the White House traditionally suffers major setbacks in the midterm elections that follow — and a harsh political climate, fueled by record inflation, rising crime and a border crisis, and shattered by the recovering, but accentuated by President Biden’s still inferior approval ratings, Obama’s mission is to try to energize the party’s grass roots.
Obama travels to the purple state of Nevada on Tuesday and November 5 to the crucial battlefield of northeastern Pennsylvania.
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Four of the states Obama visits hold high-profile Senate elections that will likely determine which party will control a majority of the chamber going forward, and four hold high-profile gubernatorial contests.
Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.