Obama fires back at Florida hecklers: ‘Why are the folks who won the election so mad all the time?’

Although 4 million people have already cast their ballots for the November midterms, Democrats are still pushing to get out the vote and they’re bringing in the big guns. One of those big guns showed up at a rally in Miami, Florida this Friday to help Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum become the next governor of the state, and Sen. Bill Nelson defend his Senate seat.

At the rally, the headline speaker was former President Barack Obama, who was heckled several times during his speech.

“This is what I look forward to, is to have a few hecklers to get me back in the mood,” Obama said as the crowd cheered. “It’s like I enjoy that. You always got to have a few in order to know that you’re on the campaign trail.”

The interruptions continued, and Obama continued to engage the hecklers.

“Here’s the deal,” he said. “If you support the other candidate, maybe you should go support the other candidate.”

“One of the things I never understood was why if you supported the other guy you’d come to my rally,” he added.

As the interruptions continued, Obama quipped that it was a sign that Republicans are feeling anxious about the midterms.

“It’s an old playbook,” he said. “It’s one that the powerful and the privileged turn to whenever control starts slipping away.”

“They’ll get folks riled up just to protect their power and their privilege, even when it hurts the country, even when it puts people at risk.”

According to the 44th president, the heckling was “as cynical as politics gets.”

“But in four days, in four days Florida, you can reject that kind of politics,” he said to the audience.

The interruptions kept coming, and Obama continued to fire back.

“Why is it that the folks that won the last election are so mad all the time?” he asked.

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Sky Palma

Before launching DeadState back in 2012, Sky Palma has been blogging about politics, social issues and religion for over a decade. He lives in Los Angeles and also enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, chess, music and art.