Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
Markets | By Erika Turner

Trump Responds to Obama's Fury Speech: 'I Fell Asleep'

Trump Responds to Obama's Fury Speech: 'I Fell Asleep'

At the actual campaign event, Trump pooh-poohed the shellacking he'd gotten same day from President Barack Obama in a speech at University of IL.

His step back into the political arena offered a preview of his message for the fall's midterms.

"So much of our politics, our public life, our public discourse", Obama said, "can seem small and mean and petty, trafficking in bombast and insult, in phony controversies and manufactured outrage". One theme of Obama's speech is how the history of the United States has always been progress and "backlash to progress", and the former President argued the country is now in one of those backlash moments.

The former president's remarks in IL came ahead of a series of campaign stops to help fellow Democrats running in the November midterm elections.

Trump went to talk about economic gains since he took office. "I found he's very good for sleeping". And on Twitter, Wilson used Obama's speech not as a chance to attack Obama, but to have a laugh at Trump's expense.

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. We are supposed to stand up to bullies not follow them.

Both parties are urging their core supporters to get to the polls for the 6 November 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 stifle Mr Trump's agenda. It's playing out in a state Trump won by eight percentage points and where Republicans hold all statewide offices.

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"Running for president is no excuse for violating the rules of the Senate ", Mr. In response to Booker's passionate appeal, Cornyn didn't pull any punches.

"America's dark history of racial and ethnic and religious division", Obama said, is a tale "as old as time".

While delivering a speech at the University of IL in Urbana-Champaign, Obama called out President Trump by name for the first time.

Here is what seven right-wingers have said in response to Obama's speech.

Republicans, and many naïve journalists, liked to attribute the hysterical right-wing backlash against Barack Obama to a sudden upsurge in fiscal conservatism.

The speech marked Obama's strongest rebuke of Trump since he left office in January 2017. Tomorrow, 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.

Obama's remarks come as the midterm election enters full swing.

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