Former President Barack Obama dealt with a heckler in Michigan on Saturday as he rushed for Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
Obama – speaking to a packed house in Detroit – expressed despair over the ongoing radicalization of american politics and warned that “more people are going to be hurt” if tensions don’t ease.
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Obama was interrupted by a heckler who shouted during a break in the former president’s speech. The switch, a man, could not be understood from the initial video.
“Sir, that’s what I’m saying,” Obama told the heckler, exasperated. “We have a process that we have put in place in our democracy.”
The former president continued, “Right now I’m speaking. You’ll get to speak a bit 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 some last-minute political magic as Democrats desperately try to hold on to their wafer-thin congressional majorities in the midterm elections. The former president is headlining rallies in five states that hold key Senate and gubernatorial races.
The former two-term president has launched his efforts in the southeast key Georgia Battlefield Statewhere Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock, pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church of Atlanta, where Martin Luther King Jr. once preached, is running for a full six-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 ensuing midterm elections — and a difficult political climate fueled by record inflation, rising crime boom and a border crisis and accentuated by President Biden’s rebound but still submerged approval ratings, Obama’s mission is to try to energize the party’s base.
Obama will travel to the purple state of Nevada on Tuesday and to the crucial battleground of northeastern Pennsylvania on November 5.
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Four of the states visited by Obama hold high-stakes senatorial elections it will likely determine which party controls the majority of the chamber in the future, and four hold high-level gubernatorial contests.
Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.