At a rally for Hillary Clinton today in North Carolina, President Barack Obama issued a passionate plea to voters to reject Republican candidate Donald Trump. "We don't win this election, potentially, if we don't win North Carolina," he said. "I hate to put a little pressure on you, but the fate of the republic rests on your shoulders. The fate of the world is teetering."
 
North Carolina is key to a victory for Clinton because of loyal Democrats, many of whom are black Americans, who are expected to come out for Clinton and secure for her the state's 15 Electoral College of the 270 needed to win the White House. 
 
The president heaped denunciation upon denunciation upon Trump, lambasting the New York who supposedly has "no respect for working people," while also repeating claims that Trump would ban all Muslims from entering the United States. "What I can tell you is we can't afford a president who suggests that America should torture people, or that we should ban entire religions from our country," Obama said.
 
Obama also brought up a surreptitious video that recorded Trump making lewd remarks about women in 2005. "If you disrespect women before you are elected president, you will disrespect women when you're in office," Obama said. "Imagine what you'll do when you actually have the power to violate the Constitution along those lines," he added.
 
Turning to Hillary Clinton's travails over her decision to use a private email server while working in his administration as Secretary of State, Obama said that Republicans are seeking to investigate Clinton and possibly impeach her should she win the election next Tuesday. "They're promising years of investigations, years of hearings, more shutdowns, more obstruction," Obama said.
 
"You've got some Republicans in Congress who are already suggesting they will impeach Hillary. She hasn’t even been elected yet. It doesn't matter what evidence — they'll find something. That's what they're saying already. How does our democracy function like that?"
 
Obama has expressed concern that black Americans will not come out in the numbers they did when he ran in 2008 and 2012. In an interview this week, he said turnout among black Americans is "not as solid as it needs to be" in battleground states such as Florida.
 
In a video ad released on YouTube, Obama tells viewers "Every vote counts, and when I hear people otherwise, I get fired up. Because even though my name isn't on the ballot, the progress we've made together is. All the values I fought for every single day as your president, are on the ballot now. Go vote!"

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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