On Friday, Obama said in a speech to students at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign that Trump is a "threat to our democracy" who is banking on the "politics of fear and resentment", The New York Times and other organizations reported.
Obama's scattergun attack on Trump and the GOP, while well received in liberal circles, prompted Republican Representative Mark Meadows to respond: "Former President Obama just offered an eloquent reminder of why Americans made the right choice when they elected President Trump".
Mr. Obama took aim at the president in a speech at the University of IL, telling students that this is the most important election of his lifetime and urging them to vote against the powerful and privileged that are trying to divide Americans and make them cynical of the government in order protect the status quo.
Obama had so far been reluctant to publicly criticize his successor, although last week he appeared to chide Trump, without naming him, in a eulogy for the late Republican Senator John McCain.
"He is a symptom, not the cause". He said Friday that the elections are needed to be a check on Trump and what the Republican Party has become - filled with racial resentment and conspiracy theorists, Obama said. "It's radical. It's a vision that says the protection of our power and those who back us is all that matters, even when it hurts the country", Obama said.
Later, as he made his pitch for Republican candidates, Trump told his supporters: "Isn't this much more exciting than listening to President Obama's speech?" In the coming week, Obama is likely to campaign in Ohio for Richard Cordray, a Democratic nominee for governor, and Ohio Democrats.
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He said Americans and politicians of both parties should stand up against discrimination and "stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathizers".
"If we don't step up, things can get worse", the former president told the audience at the Anaheim Convention Center.
That kind of equivocation, Obama argued, isn't one that has its roots in the Republican Party, referring back to one of his favorite presidents and fellow IL son, Abraham Lincoln. The event officially ended Obama's absence from the campaign trail, a months-long void that has angered some Democrats who believe he is not engaging in a political fight where he could be helpful.
The former President questioned the GOP's approach to foreign policy, including its position on Russian Federation, challenging climate change science, and embracing of conspiracy theories including those "surrounding Benghazi or my birth certificate". He'll next travel to California for an event with seven House candidates in Orange County.
Former US President Barack Obama who traces his roots to Kenya, however, defended the importance of politics in development of nations, saying the biggest threat to prosperity of democracy were individuals who stayed home on voting day. "What happened?" Obama asked. "I found he's very good.for sleeping".
"It should not be a partisan issue to say that we do not pressure the attorney general or the Federal Bureau of Investigation to use the criminal justice system as a cudgel to punish our political opponents", Obama said. The DCCC is the House Democrats' campaign arm. "Doubling down on that strategy won't work in 2018 either", RNC spokesman Michael Ahrens said in a statement. "The biggest threat to our democracy is indifference". He focused instead on the effort to support congressional candidates in amping up the crowd.