Today former President Obama gave a speech to students at the University of IL where he slammed President Trump, argued Republicans have lost their way and urged young people to vote in the 2018 midterm elections.
Obama tore into Trump and the GOP during the speech, criticizing Trump for "capitalizing on resentment" politicians have capitalized on.
Shortly after Obama's remarks concluded, President Trump took the stage at a campaign event in North Dakota, where he reacted to Obama jumping back into politics.
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.
Then president Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama pose with then president-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania at the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. "He is a symptom, not a cause", Obama told students at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign. "He's just capitalising on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years".
A point this ethics award makes as Trump's administration grapples with an avalanche of scandals and Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe: Obama's two terms were relatively scandal free.
"We're supposed to stand up to discrimination, and we're sure as heck supposed to stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathisers".
Former Obama communications director Dan Pfeiffer said on CNN that Obama can effectively reach voters in parts of the country he won in 2012, but which voted for Trump in 2016. He praised Republicans who in the past had helped expand civil rights and other protections and said neither party "has had a monopoly on wisdom".
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Republicans said voters won't find Obama's argument appealing.
Breitbart.com contributor Joel B. Pollak not only attacked Obama in a September 7 critique of the speech, but also, the University of IL itself. "I've found he's very good, very good for sleeping".
In addition to denouncing white supremacists, Obama endorsed Medicare for All, and condemned this week's anonymous New York Times op-ed by a senior administration official claiming to work for a resistance within the Trump administration. 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. Saying that Nazis are bad?
Historically, midterms are lightly attended and Obama made a point of reminding his audience that only one in five young people voted in the 2014 midterm election.
"Democrats may have a new resistor-in-chief on the campaign trail, but they'll need more than a message of resist and obstruct to win this November", the RNC spokeswoman said.
Mr Trump told supporters in Montana yesterday that Republicans needed to maintain control of Congress to stave off possible impeachment proceedings against him, although Democrats have played down any discussion of that approach.
"If it (impeachment) does happen, it's your fault, because you didn't go out to vote. OK?"
Separately, Trump also told reporters on Friday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should investigate the Times column, calling it a "disgrace".