Obama Says Republicans “Have Racked Up Enough Indictments To Field A Football Team” Ahead Of Midterms – Your Black World

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By: Ryan Velez

With the midterm elections upon us, political figures for both parties have come out to try and drum up support for their respective candidate, and CNN focuses in particular on some comments former President Barack Obama said on Sunday, noting that Republicans have “racked up enough indictments to field a football team” in Gary, Indiana.

In his speech, Obama pointed out corruption in both Trump’s administration as well as Republicans who are currently in control of the House of Representatives and Senate. “All right, so now they’ve had two years of total control in Washington,” Obama said at a rally in Gary, Indiana, while campaigning for Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly. “What have they done with that power?”

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“Nah, nah, nah, it’s not true. They haven’t done nothing. They’ve done something,” Obama said in response to shouted answers from the crowd. “They promised they were going to take on corruption in Washington. Instead, they’ve racked up enough indictments to field a football team.”

“Nobody in my administration got indicted,” Obama said. “Which, by the way, is not that high a bar.” The football line isn’t necessarily a new one, with Obama saying it in rallies in Chicago, Miami, and Florida. Some of the indictments Obama may be referencing include California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter and New York Republican Rep. Chris Collins, both indicted in August for unrelated charges. Hunter was indicted on a series of charges including using campaign funds for personal use and counts of wire fraud, falsifying records, campaign finance violations and conspiracy. Hunter has pleaded not guilty.

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Collins was charged with 13 counts of securities fraud, wire fraud and making false statements related to an alleged insider trading scheme. Collins has called the charges “meritless” and also pleaded not guilty. Four people connected to Trump’s campaign in 2016, Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign — Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and George Papadopolous — have been charged, pleaded guilty, or have been convicted at trial in the ongoing Russia investigation.

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Obama’s point is a good one in that while many of us have adjusted to the whirlwind since 2016, it’s not a new normal, or, at least it doesn’t have to be depending on how midterm elections and future elections go.

Read more from CNN at: https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/04/politics/obama-campaigns-republicans-indictments-football-field/index.html

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