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Trump is flat-out 'lying' about protecting pre-existing conditions, says Obama

Former President Barack Obama wants to call it like he sees it.

Speaking at a rally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in support of local Democratic candidates on Friday, Obama couldn't believe the audacity of his successor's claims about protecting health-care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

President Trump "says 'I'm going to protect your pre-existing conditions,' while his Justice Department is in court right now trying to strike down those protections," said Obama, referring to a lawsuit backed by the Trump administration attempting to overturn major aspects of the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. "That is not spin. That's not exaggeration ... that's lying," said Obama.

Obama also lamented the current culture among those in public office — "politicians just blatantly, repeatedly, baldly, shamelessly lying." Much like his previous speeches rallying for Democratic support, Obama called for high voter turnout. He warned voters not to "fall for" the "fear-mongering" about immigration, reminding the crowd that lawmakers would likely push anti-immigrant rhetoric until the midterm elections. Watch his health-care comments below, via ABC News. Summer Meza