Barack Obama warns of ‘malevolence’ aimed at democracy in Democratic fundraiser speech
Obama, according to excerpts provided to CNN by a committee aide, told the audience in New York that “one of the things we learned over the last six years is that democracy is not self-executing” and that a little malice does a lot in “dismantling norms, habits, institutions that are the glue to become a big, diverse, multiracial, multicultural democracy on premise in place.”
“There has been improvement. Do I think it is enough? No,” Ellen Kurz, founder of iVote, a Democratic outside group that backs secretary of state candidates, said of the party’s efforts in prioritizing these contests.
During his remarks Thursday, Obama lauded the fact that Democrats are “putting a bunch of resources into a ground game, door-knocking, direct voter contact, because the way you cut through all the noise right now and the confusion that’s fostered through social media is being on the ground, personal relationships, having conversations with people you trust.”
“That’s where it’s going to make a difference,” he added.
This was Obama’s second fundraiser in as many weeks. The former President also spoke at a National Democratic Redistricting Committee fundraiser on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, in late August.
Obama also derided Republicans at the Thursday fundraiser, saying the party “systematically” seeks to boost certain “political minorities,” allowing it to “get more power and more seats and to do whatever it takes to hang on to power.”