Barack Obama shuts down Heckler and criticizes conspiracy theories at rallies

Former President Barack Obama traveled to Michigan and Wisconsin on Saturday to lobby voters in the battleground states ahead of November’s midterm elections.

At a rally in Michigan, Obama was interrupted by a heckler as he spoke about the recent attack on Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

When Obama urged elected officials to “expressly reject” dangerous rhetoric from their supporters, a man yelled at him. What the man said to Obama wasn’t immediately clear.

“That’s what I mean,” Obama replied.

Turning to the man, he continued, “Sir, we have a… there is a process that we have set up in our democracy. For now I’m talking, you will have the opportunity to speak soon.

“We don’t have to interrupt each other. We don’t have to shout at each other. It’s not a good way to do business. You wouldn’t do that in a workplace. You wouldn’t just interrupt people in the middle of a conversation. That’s not how we do things. And that’s part of the point I want to make. Only basic courtesy and politeness work.

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Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a rally in support of Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in Wisconsin Mandela Barnes October 29, 2022 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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Obama praised Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and slammed Republican opponent Tudor Dixon for promoting a conspiracy theory that the COVID-19 pandemic was part of a Democrat plot to overthrow the US in retaliation for losing the Civil War.

“Imagine, instead of making up a story about how we need to see Tiger King in our sweatpants, it was some kind of government plot, imagine if she spent some time coming up with ideas like we do here in Michigan to create more jobs or to get people more health care or to improve our schools,” he said. “That’s what you want your state governor to do.”

Later, during a Milwaukee campaign, Obama slammed Republican Senator Ron Johnson for his attacks on Social Security in a moment that went viral on social media.

“Some of you here have social security. Some of your parents are socially insured. Some of your grandparents are socially insured. Do you know why they are covered by Social Security?” Obama said.

“Because they worked for it. You worked hard for it. They have chapped hands for this. They had to work long hours and have a sore back and bad knees to get that Social Security.”

If Johnson doesn’t understand that, if he understands more about granting tax breaks for private planes than ensuring that seniors who’ve worked all their lives can retire with dignity and respect, then he’s not the person to She thinks and knows you and sees you and he shouldn’t be your senator from Wisconsin,” Obama added, drawing thunderous applause.

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Rick Schindler

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