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Barack Obama
Former
President Barack Obama speaks at a rally in support of Wisconsin
Democratic candidates, Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in
Milwaukee.

AP Photo/Morry
Gash


  • Former President Barack Obama rebuked what he called
    “mealy-mouthed” lawmakers who say they’re disappointed by bad
    behavior and then do nothing about it.
  • Obama made those remarks while rallying voters in
    Wisconsin on Friday.
  • “We need leaders who will actually stand up for what’s
    right, regardless of party,” Obama said to cheers from the
    crowd.
  • The former president was speaking just two days after a
    nationwide bomb scare prompted by a suspect accused of sending
    explosive devices to several top Democrats and others who
    President Donald Trump has criticized.
  • Trump has called the scare a “terrorist act,” but has
    taken no blame for the political rhetoric that apparently
    encouraged the suspect.

Former President Barack Obama rebuked what he called “mealy-mouthed”
lawmakers
who say they’re disappointed by bad behavior and
then do nothing about it.

Obama made those remarks while rallying voters in Wisconsin on
Friday.

“We need leaders who will actually stand up for what’s right,
regardless of party,” Obama said to cheers from the crowd.

The former president was speaking just two days after
a bomb scare put the nation on edge
.

The suspect,
who law-enforcement officials arrested on Friday
, is accused
of mailing explosives to several top Democrats, including the
Obamas, Bill and Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Joe
Biden, as well as other lawmakers and former government officials
who President Donald Trump frequently attacks online and in
public.

Trump initially
pointed to the media
as the bomb scare gripped the nation on
Wednesday, and claimed news outlets are the ones responsible for
setting a “civil” tone, but it is no secret that Trump has banked
his political fortunes on attacking the media.

The White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders
caught some flak
on Thursday for echoing Trump’s lines,
linking what she called “negative” media coverage of the Trump
administration to the political acrimony of the moment.

“The president is certainly not responsible for sending
suspicious packages to someone no more than Bernie Sanders was
responsible for a supporter of his shooting up a baseball field
practice,” Sanders said.

On Friday, Trump leaned further away from the blame, telling
reporters, “There’s no blame. There’s no anything,” and then
pointed to a Bernie Sanders supporter who
opened fire on Republican lawmakers
at a baseball practice in
June 2017.

“If you look at what happened to Steve Scalise, that was from a
supporter of a different party,” Trump said. “If you look at what
happened on numerous of these incidents, they were supporters of
others.”

Earlier on Friday, Trump
made clear that he thinks
this week’s bomb scares were
intended to throw off Republican momentum ahead of the November 6
midterm election.

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