- The Washington Times - Friday, November 2, 2018

President Trump condemned the legacy of former President Barack Obama Friday night with one withering blast at a campaign rally in Indiana.

Campaigning for Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun, Mr. Trump noted that Mr. Obama will be stumping in the state this weekend for incumbent Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly.

“It’s no surprise that Joe Donnelly is holding a rally this weekend with Barack H. Obama,” Mr. Trump said.

Then he let loose on his predecessor, who has criticized Mr. Trump as dishonest.

“We don’t want to go back to the Obama days of low wages, high unemployment, rising crime, open borders, far-left judges, oppressive regulations, horrible, horrible trade deals, disastrous foreign policy — look at the mess I inherited in North Korea, and look at how well we’re doing now — and terrible health care,” the president told the cheering crowd. “If you want prosperity for your family, safety for your children, security for your country, vote for Mike Braun.”

Mr. Obama has been campaigning around the country for Democrats in recent weeks. At a rally in Miami earlier on Friday, he accused Mr. Trump of a “political stunt” by deploying more than 5,000 troops to the southern border to confront a caravan of illegal immigrants.

The president said of Mr. Obama, “I watched him speak today. He had a very small crowd. He talked about how he has to be honest.”

Then he reminded the crowd at a high school field house in Indianapolis about Mr. Obama’s failed promises on Obamacare in 2013.

“He talked about ‘you can have your plan, you can have your doctor,’ ” Mr. Trump said. “How many times did he say that [in 2013]? He didn’t talk about that [today].”

The crowd was also treated to an appearance at the podium by Bobby Knight, the retired legendary Indiana University basketball coach, who praised Mr. Trump.

“It takes great defense to win in basketball,” Mr. Knight said. “He’s been a great defender of the United States of America.”

• Dave Boyer can be reached at dboyer@washingtontimes.com.

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