Obama says Trump is 'a symptom of division'

10 September, 2018, 04:49 | Author: Myra Gill
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Last month, he endorsed nearly 100 Democratic candidates across the country.

In a speech at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign, Obama accused Trump and Republicans of abusing power, dividing the country, threatening democracy, and cozying up to Russian Federation.

Vice President Mike Pence says it's disappointing that former President Barack Obama is back on the campaign trail criticizing President Donald Trump.

Obama also rebuked a brand of politics he said is steeped in fear and division.

Mr Obama also poked fun on the issue the current president frequently heralds as one of his greatest achievements - the strong economy.

And in a message Obama is expected to repeat on Saturday, Obama stressed the importance of voting and told the young people their vote was the "antidote" to what ails Washington. A top focus of his efforts will be helping Democrats retake the House, which he will kick off on Saturday with a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee rally in Orange County, California, for the seven Democrats running there in Republican-held districts Hillary Clinton won in 2016.

President Donald Trump has been a busy boy today, calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate the author of this week's op-ed assuring Americans there is resistance inside the Trump administration. And we sure as heck are supposed to stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathizers. "That's on the ballot".


Obama seemed to agree, saying: "The stakes really are higher". But more significantly, he urged Americans to vote for Democrats in November as a check on the Trump administration's "abuses of power". Before Obama spoke, supporters briefly chanted "take it back", a slogan that was also on the podium with a Twitter hashtag.

To avoid such traps, Obama in his post-presidency has chosen his spots carefully, opting to do targeted robo-calls previous year to support Democratic Sen. He said it immediately after a description of the Republican Party's party-wide agenda of making voting more hard for marginalized constituencies, rejecting science, or encouraging the Benghazi-birtherism mania that flourished under his watch. And who say to themselves.

"So, without getting into the mudslinging, I think Obama can get inside Trump's head and play a cooler and more effective game", Wilson explained. "We understand that we energize the other side like very few people do, so we have to be thoughtful about where we campaign".

"All across the country, you can feel the energy".

Longtime Democratic consultant Bob Shrum said last night Obama's speech was a direct hit. "We are going to go out, and we are going to start taking some clipboards out, and we're going to start knocking on some doors".

Democrats are hoping to ride an anti-Trump "blue wave" to take control of the House of Representatives, and are also battling for seats in the Senate.

"The claim that everything will turn out OK because there are people inside the White House who secretly aren't following the president's orders, that is not a check", Mr Obama said. "We needed to see his face".

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