In a rip-roaring speech to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation conference in Washingon on Saturday, president Barack Obama called African-Americans to “go out and vote for Hillary Clinton” while calling Donald Trump “a nasty, hateful charlatan selling a false message to the country that puts everything he’s done in office and stood for at risk.”
Obama reminded the predominantly black audience that if they want to protect everything the community has fought for over the past eight years, they can’t let voter turnout fall now that his name is not on the ballot.
“My name may not be on the ballot, but our progress is on the ballot,” Obama said, raising his voice. “Tolerance is on the ballot. Democracy is on the ballot. Justice is on the ballot. Good schools are on the ballot. Ending mass incarceration, that’s on the ballot right now.”
“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,” he said at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation conference. “You want to give me a good send-off? Go vote.”
Obama also mocked Trump’s claim that being a black person in the U.S. is so bad now that black voters should support the Republican because, in Trump’s own words, “What the hell do you have to lose?”
“We do have challenges. But we’re not stupid,” Obama said.
Trump must have “missed that whole civics lesson about slavery and Jim Crow ― but we’ve got a museum for him to visit so he can tune in,” Obama added, referring to the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, which he said he’d toured earlier.
“We know the progress we’ve made, despite the forces of opposition, despite the forces of discrimination, despite the politics of backlash,” he continued, “And we intend to keep fighting against those forces.”
“Hope and change was my campaign slogan eight years ago,” Obama said. “This year, Trump presents a nightmarish vision of change” that he urged the country to reject.
Watch Obama’s full speech in the video below: