Barack Obama helped raise $11 million for White house hopeful Joe Biden during a virtual fundraiser on Tuesday, where the former President said a “great awakening” among Americans could help defeat Donald trump in the November election.
According to Biden’s press Secretary, T. J. Dacklo, the two-term Democrat proved a major draw, drawing a significant audience and raising more than $ 11 million in total, making it the most successful financial event of the entire campaign.
About $ 7.6 million of this came from 175,000 grassroots donors “who continue to support this campaign every single day,” Dacklo tweeted.
Obama’s split-screen appearance with the Democratic presidential nominee was his first appearance with Biden since he endorsed his former Vice President in mid-April.
“I’m here to say that help is on the way if we do this job, because there is no one I trust more to heal this country and get back on track than my dear friend Joe Biden, ” Obama said.
“What makes me optimistic is the fact that there is a great awakening happening across the country, especially among young people” who are “fed up with the shambolic, disorganized, mean-spirited approach to governance that we have seen over the past two years,”he added.
Biden said he agreed with Obama’s remarks about political change. He also suggested that world leaders are tired of trump, saying “ ” they are desperately, desperately waiting for American leadership.”
Biden has not held personal campaign rallies since mid-March because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
He mostly stayed at his home in Delaware, using social media, TV interviews or ads to attack trump for what he says is an inadequate, failed attempt to contain the spread of the virus or improve economic conditions for millions of suffering Americans.
Trump, meanwhile, flouted the guidelines of his own government and held several personal events, including a weekend rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The President held a rally in Phoenix on Tuesday. Both locations have seen spikes in new cases of Coronavirus, but most visitors did not wear masks.
Biden’s online event confirmed the continued popularity of the country’s first black President, and the campaign said it “underscores the strength of the grassroots movement” as it launches a more intense campaign spirit.
Obama spoke of the urgent need to advocate for broader systemic changes at a time of heightened tensions over racial injustice and police brutality.
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” What you have done so far is not enough,”Obama told listeners, urging them to use the momentum of recent street protests from coast to coast as a catalyst for political change.
“We have a unique chance to translate the growing awareness of injustice in society into real legislation and institutional change,” Obama said.
In may, Biden and the Democratic party raised nearly $81 million, which is 10 percent more than trump, although the President has more overall campaign funds.