Obama rips Trump ahead of U.S. midterm elections

Barack Obama has largely avoided the spotlight since Donald Trump succeeded him last year

Barack Obama has largely avoided the spotlight since Donald Trump succeeded him last year

"Cast dozens of votes to take away health insurance from ordinary Americans".

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.

Obama said: "If you thought elections don't matter, I hope these past two years have corrected that impression".

Obama says during a speech Friday at the University of IL that Trump is capitalizing on the same resentments, fear and anger that politicians have fanned for years. Obama argued that this "not how our democracy is supposed to work". "Where there's a vacuum in our democracy, when we are not participating, we're not paying attention, when we're not stepping up - other voices fill the void". "You and your vote".

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

Slamming Trump's policies, he further said that he handed out tax cuts without regard to deficits, slashed the safety net wherever it could.

Former President Barack Obama issued a scorching critique of his successor Friday, blasting President Donald Trump's policies and his pattern of pressuring the Justice Department. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., tweeted.

"I have to say this to President Obama: if the Dems got in with their agenda in November of nearly 2 years ago, instead of having 4.2 up, i believe honestly we'd have 4.2 down", Trump said, referring to the U.S.'s economic growth. Aides close to Obama have said he's bit his lip, wanting to avoid an ugly tit-for-tat and to stay above the fray. "Doubling down on that strategy won't work in 2018 either", said Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Ahrens.

Obama also highlighted two races in the state's Central Valley, praising venture capitalist Josh Harder in his bid to unseat four-term Republican Jeff Denham, and T.J. Cox, who is challenging David Valadao in a district where Democrats hold a 17-point advantage in voter registration.

"They're undermining our alliances, cosying up to Russian Federation". 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.

Obama said it's not an exaggeration to say the midterm elections are the most important in his lifetime.

"As a fellow citizen, not as an ex-president but as a citizen, I'm here to deliver simple message and that is that you need to vote because our democracy depends on it", Obama said.

The speech comes ahead of Obama's first campaign events of the midterms: a rally for a handful of Democratic congressional candidates in California on Saturday and an event for Richard Cordray, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in OH, next Thursday. Next week, he'll return to the campaign trail in OH to campaign for Richard Cordray and other Democrats.

Democrats are counting on a strong showing in California in November's elections in the battle for congressional control.

Obama's campaign activity will continue through October and will include fundraising appearances, according to an Obama adviser.

After his vitriolic condemnation of Trump, Obama offered a solution: Vote Democrat. It could very well, as some Democrats acknowledge, energize Republican and conservative voters, of which there are many in this part of the state, who have long opposed Mr. Obama.

Poignantly, his comments come on the same day that President Trump-citing "national security"-suggested the DOJ use its investigatory resources to unmask the identity of an anonymous White House official who wrote an op-ed in the New York Times this week". Obama asked an auditorium packed with college students who greeted him with a roaring standing ovation.

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