Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

Obama issues scathing critique of Trump, 'politics of fear'

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Kelvin Reese | 07 September, 2018, 22:59

Calling out President Donald Trump for "capitalizing on resentments", former President Obama returned to IL on Friday to implore the college-aged crowd to vote in the upcoming midterm elections, saying: "You need to vote because our democracy depends on it".

It's the first time 44's publicly attacked 45 since leaving office and, honestly, it's the kind of talk Democrats have been dying to hear from Obama. "I found he's very good for sleeping".

President Trump dismissed a soaring speech today by his predecessor, Barack Obama, that took aim at his politics and enablers, saying simply: "I fell asleep".

Trump made an aside during the rally to mention that someone asked him earlier in the day about Obama's speech.

"It shouldn't be Democratic or Republican to say we don't target certain groups of people based on what they look like or how they pray".

Obama also discussed claimed that Trump was a symptom of hatred, saying: "You happen to be coming of age during one of those moments".

The former president also applauded the women who have taken a stand in the Me Too movement, and the teens of Parkland, Florida, who are standing up to gun violence and the National Rifle Association.

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Obama also jabbed Trump on the issue the current president frequently heralds as one of his greatest achievements: The strong economy.

In August, Obama endorsed 81 Democratic contenders in 14 states, emphasizing young, diverse candidates running for state-level offices in an attempt to help new party leaders establish themselves.

The 44th president of the United States was also scathing about Mr Trump's initial restraint when asked past year to condemn far-right protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"We are Americans: we're supposed to stand up to bullies, not follow them". You didn't go out to vote. "How hard can that be, to say that Nazis are bad?"

During a speech at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign on Friday, Obama said the country is in a "backlash" moment. "They're not doing us a service by actively promoting 90% of the insane stuff that's coming out of this White House and then saying 'Don't worry we're preventing the other 10%'".

The speech was a preview of the arguments Obama is expected to make on the campaign trail. He'll next travel to California for an event with seven House candidates in Orange County.

Next week, Obama plans to campaign in Ohio for Richard Cordray, the Democratic nominee for governor, and Ohio Democrats. "Doubling down on that strategy won't work in 2018 either".

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