FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – During his stop in Fayetteville Friday, President Barack Obama took aim at Gov. Pat McCrory and the voter ID law the governor signed into law.
Obama, who spoke just two days ago in Chapel Hill, was in Cumberland County to rally voters for Hillary Clinton.
While encouraging those in attendance to vote, Obama brought up North Carolina’s 2013 voter ID law.
“A few years ago, Roy Cooper’s opponent, Gov. McCroy, signed a law that made it harder for African Americans to vote,” Obama said.
A federal judge struck down the law saying it targeted “African Americans with almost surgical precision.”
“One of the worst voter suppression laws in the country,” Obama said.
The president then said Donald Trump is calling on supporters to monitor certain voting areas.
“I don’t know what certain areas he talking about. But you do,” Obama said. “No wonder McCrory calls Donald Trump a role model.”
Obama talked about a 100-year-old Belhaven woman named Grace Bell Harison who he said had her voter registration status challenged by Republicans.
“The list of voters Republicans tried to purse was two-thirds black and Democratic,” he said. “And it was happening in counties across the state.”
Obama said Hardison got her voter registration reinstated.
“It’s bad enough she was disrespected. Are now going to disrespect her because we’re not voting? If she hasn’t stopped fighting at 100 years old, neither can we.
“Because if you go vote, we win North Carolina,” he said.
During the rally, a man in a military uniform holding a Donald Trump interrupted the president.
The crowd immediately went into a frenzy of boos and chants of “U.S.A.” and “Hillary.”
Obama struggled to regain control of the crowd for several minutes following the interruption.
“Hold up! Hold up!” Obama begged the crowd. “Everybody! Listen up! I told you to be focused and you’re not focused.”
The president then addressed the man saying the crowd must respect him as he appeared to serve in the military and was elderly.
“We live in a country that respects free speech,” he said. “Don’t boo. Vote!”
In response to Obama’s remarks, the McCrory campaign sent out a tweet tearing into New York’s lack of early voting.