Obama slams Trump in Miami: 'Florida Man wouldn't even do this stuff'

Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBiden raised key concerns with Putin, but may have overlooked others Democrats have turned solidly against gas tax Obama on Supreme Court ruling: 'The Affordable Care Act is here to stay' MORE on Saturday slammed President TrumpDonald TrumpHead of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting VA moving to cover gender affirmation surgery through department health care MORE for his response to the coronavirus pandemic and his tweets aimed at critics, with Obama joking that “Florida Man wouldn’t even do this stuff.” 

While speaking at a Miami rally to gin up support for Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe Biden 64 percent of Iowans say 'time for someone else' to hold Grassley's Senate seat: poll Philadelphia shooting leaves 2 dead, injures toddler Ron Johnson booed at Juneteenth celebration in Wisconsin MORE, Obama said that a win for his former vice president would mean the United States would have a “normal president,” criticizing Trump for going “out of his way to insult anybody who he doesn't think is nice enough to him.”

“We won’t have a president who threatens people with jail for just criticizing him,” Trump’s predecessor said to the socially distanced crowd who gathered outside at the drive-in rally. 


“That’s not normal behavior, Florida,” Obama added. “You wouldn’t tolerate it from a coworker, you wouldn’t tolerate it from a high school principal, you wouldn’t tolerate it from a coach, you wouldn’t tolerate it from a family member.”

“Florida Man wouldn’t even do this stuff,” the president said, after which attendees began laughing and honking their car horns. “Why are we accepting it from the president of the United States? It’s not normal behavior.”

“Florida Man” refers to a social media meme and hashtag based on bizarre and unusual stories revolving around residents in the Sunshine State. 


The event comes as Trump also visited his adopted home state of Florida Saturday to cast his vote in person. 

Trump won the Sunshine State’s 29 electoral votes in 2016 by approximately 1.2 percentage points, just roughly 113,000 votes over then-Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Monica Lewinsky responds to viral HBO intern's mistake: 'It gets better' Virginia governor's race poses crucial test for GOP MORE

Saturday’s rally was the second of Obama’s in-person campaign appearances for Biden in the 2020 election cycle. 

The former president has used these events as opportunities to condemn Trump’s response to COVID-19, which has infected more than 8,584,100 people and left at least 224,400 dead as of Saturday, according to The New York Times coronavirus database

During Obama’s Wednesday event in Philadelphia, he said that when it comes to the pandemic, "the idea that this White House has done anything but screw this up is just untrue."

“We literally left this White House a pandemic playbook,” Obama said to the crowd. “They probably used it to, I don’t know, prop up a wobbly table somewhere.”