US Presidential Elections 2016: Donald Trump has nothing to offer on jobs, says Barack Obama

'So Donald Trump generally avoids facts or he just denies them. So he said this is a disaster. A disaster?' he said.

By: PTI | Washington | Updated: November 8, 2016 12:03 pm
President Barack Obama speaks at a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) President Barack Obama speaks at a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

US President Barack Obama has slammed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, saying he has nothing to offer on jobs, except for describing the current situation as a disaster. “He’s got nothing serious to offer on jobs,” Obama said at an election rally in New Hampshire yesterday, which has suddenly emerged as a swing state forcing the Clinton Campaign to send him to this State for campaigning.

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“There hasn’t been enough talk about this economy in this election. And you know why?  Because we’ve created jobs for 73 months in a row now. Wages are rising. Just last week, the unemployment rate was at 4.9 per cent — that’s near the lowest levels in nearly nine years,” he said amidst applause from the audience.

“So Donald Trump generally avoids facts or he just denies them. So he said this is a ‘disaster’. A disaster?”, he said.

“I just came from Michigan. You want to know what a real disaster looks like, think back to that state and what we were dealing with eight years ago. The American auto industry was flat on its back. Unemployment was soaring. Today’s plants across that state and across the region that were shut down — they’re now doing double shifts,” he said.

“And you know what Donald Trump’s idea for the auto industry? He actually suggested that Michigan should send its auto jobs to states that pay their workers less.

“By making Michigan workers suffer, they’d have no choice but to accept less pay if they wanted to get their jobs back,” he said slamming Trump, for his economic policies.

Observing that the manufacturing is growing again over these last eight years — first time since the 1990s –, Obama said Clinton is going to keep that going.

“She’s put forward the biggest investment in new jobs since World War II. She’s got plans to grow manufacturing, boost people’s wages, help students with college debt. That’s why she should be the next President of the United States,” he said.

Obama said since his name is not on the ballot, there are times where he has been just kind of trying to bite his tongue.

“But there is a lot about this election that has not been on the level. I’m going to level with you right now. The way campaigns have gotten, we’ve come to accept crazy stuff as normal. The strategy of just repeating attacks and outright lies over and over again.

“But it gets churned in social media and Facebook, and no matter how false they are, they just create this cloud of dust,” he said.

“So I’ve had to bite my lip and just listen to some of the nonsense that’s been said about Hillary. I know Hillary. I ran against Hillary. She worked for me. This is somebody who has dedicated her life to make this country better.

“This is somebody who cares about working families because she comes from a working family. Think about how she got her start,” Obama said.

While Donald Trump and his developer dad were being sued by the Justice Department for denying housing to African American families, Hillary was going undercover from school to school to make sure minority kids were getting an equal shot at a good education.

“She has not stopped fighting. She has not stopped fighting for justice. She has not stopped fighting for equality. She has not stopped fighting for kids ever since,” he said.

Clinton, he argued, will be a smart and steady President.

“Unlike her opponent, she actually respects working Americans. She will work her heart out to create jobs that families can live on and child care you can afford.

“She’ll fight for equal pay for equal work. She’ll make sure that we’ve got a higher minimum wage and family leave that’s paid so people can afford to use it, and make sure that this economy works for everybody,” Obama said.

“Unlike her opponent, she actually knows what’s going on in the world. She’s travelled around the world. She’s respected around the world. She’ll work her heart out to keep America respected and strong and safe.

“She will not turn people against each other just to win an election. She’ll be a leader for all of us, even those who don’t vote for her, because she knows we are stronger together,” said the US President.