US President, Barack Obama has said it would be a “personal insult” for blacks to vote Donald Trump.
Barack Obama made the striking comments during a speech at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual dinner on Saturday.
Obama used the occasion to call on the black community to turn out in support of Hillary Clinton in the US presidential elections.
President Obama delivered a passionate speech at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation dinner.
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation is an organization that carries out research on issues affecting African-Americans.
Obama was quoted as saying it would be an “insult to his legacy” if the black community voted for Donald Trump.
Blacks Not Voting Would Be A Personal Insult – Obama
He also mentioned that it would also be insulting if they refrained from voting at all in the upcoming elections.
Obama who delivered his last address to the foundation as president said:
“If I hear anybody saying their vote does not matter, that it doesn’t matter who we elect – read up on your history.
“It matters. We’ve got to get people to vote.
“I will consider it a personal insult – an insult to my legacy – if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election.
“You want to give me a good sendoff? Go vote.”
President Obama’s rather controversial speech is coming barely two months away from election day.
This is arguably his most forceful plea to the black community to support Hillary Clinton in the presidential race.
In the course of his speech, Obama also joked about Donald Trump’s gaffe about his birth certificate.
“Isil [Isis], North Korea, poverty, climate change – none of those things weighed on my mind like the validity of my birth certificate.”
Taunting the Republican presidential candidate, Obama criticized Trump as one who “has shown no regard for working people most of his life.”
Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton also delivered a speech at the dinner.
She called for African-American support, describing Obama as one of the best American leaders in history.
Watch video of the speech Obama gave at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation dinner: