Obama rebukes Trump's 'radical' politics of 'fear'

Obama rebukes Trump's 'radical' politics of 'fear'

While Obama has in the past blasted Trump and his policies, this was the first speech in which he used his successor's name.

Obama argued that today's generation is the most diverse, "conditions that are ripe for exploitation by politicians who have no compunction and no shame about tapping into America's dark history of racial and ethnic and religious division".

"I'm sorry, I watched it, but I fell asleep".

When Barack Obama took the stage in front of an audience of students at the University of IL on Friday, he was not there to mess around. "I found he's very good, very good for sleeping".

Obama's speech in the university's 1,300-person auditorium has seen sizable interest from the school's student body, according to university spokesman Jon Davis, who said they had received around 22,000 requests for tickets.

Obama will hit the campaign trail on Saturday, appearing at a campaign event in southern California before heading to OH next week and to IL and Pennsylvania later in the month.

Obama is speaking at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he's urging people to vote in the midterm elections.

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He also criticized Republicans in Congress for failing to hold Trump accountable.

In addition, the former president said Americans concerned about Trump's presidency should be troubled by assurances contained in a recent op-ed in the New York Times from a "senior administration official" who said there was a group in the White House keeping government functioning and often working against the president. I don't mean to pretend I'm channeling Lincoln now, but that's not what he had in mind, I don't think when he formed the Republican Party.

Jedediah Bila said this was a reminder of the "professorial" lecturing from Obama that people got exhausted of contrasted with how Trump "speaks with people". On Saturday, the former president will stump for House Democratic candidates from California at an event in Orange County, a conservative-leaning part of California where Republicans are at risk of losing several congressional seats.

Both parties are urging their core supporters to get to the polls for the November 6 midterm elections, when Democrats need to pick up 23 seats in the House of Representatives and two seats in the Senate to gain majorities in Congress and slam the brakes on Trump's agenda.

Obama made a case against voter apathy by unloading on the current state of the Republican Party, saying among other things that they are abdicating their responsibilities by doing nothing "when the president does something insane". He criticized Republicans for taking credit for an economic recovery that began under his presidency, and for enabling Trump to pressure the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice to punish his political enemies.

"And by the way the idea that everything will turn out OK because there are people inside the White House who secretly aren't following the President's orders", he said.

The former president implored the young audience to vote in the upcoming election. "And #WhenWeAllVote, we can make our voices heard".

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