Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Obama urges voters to mobilise against the 'politics of fear'

Obama urges voters to mobilise against the 'politics of fear'

In a dramatic break from the normal deference former presidents usually show to incumbents, Barack Obama ended a long period of public reticence with a lacerating assessment of Donald Trump.

Last week, Mr. Obama praised American accomplishments but said there is a darker side to progress when politicians peddle resentment and mistrust to preserve the status quo.

"I wish he would come more often because he reminds Republicans of eight years of misery", said Republican National Committeeman Shawn Steel.

Obama campaigned for congressional Democrats from California on Saturday, a day after he excoriated Trump in a speech in IL.

"The truth is, the American people in 2016 rejected the policy and direction of Barack Obama when they elected President Donald Trump", he said.

Barack Obama has made a political appearance in California on behalf of Democratic congressional candidates he says have "decided to step up and bring out the best in our country". "He is a symptom, not the cause".

In Anaheim on Saturday, he said voters needed to send a clear signal in November that they want to "reverse that cycle of anger and division" and "restore some sanity in our politics". He added that when there is a vacuum in democracy, "other voices fill the void".

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In his IL speech on Friday, Obama will revisit themes he has expounded on in the past, including that "America is at its best when our democracy is inclusive and our citizens are engaged", and that "this moment in our country is too perilous for Democratic voters to sit out", said spokeswoman Katie Hill.

Mr Trump, meanwhile, claimed he fell asleep watching Mr Obama's speech.

Obama will share the billing with seven Democratic candidates in competitive U.S. House districts across California.

Obama travels next week to OH to campaign for the Democratic candidate for governor, Richard Cordray, a former Obama administration official. Cynicism has led too many people to turn away from politics and stay home on Election Day. "The biggest threat to our democracy is indifference". But more significantly, he urged Americans to vote for Democrats in November as a check on the Trump administration's "abuses of power".

"It should not be Democratic or Republican".

He was especially stern in his condemnation of Mr Trump's pattern of pressuring law enforcement officials, including attorney general Jeff Sessions. "Or to explicitly call on the attorney general to protect members of our own party from prosecution because an election happens to be coming up". Indeed, even as Obama was delivering his speech on Friday in Illinois, Trump was doing his best to prove it by announcing that he wants the US Justice Department to find the author. I'm not making that up. "And we're sure as heck supposed to stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathisers". "How hard can that be, saying that Nazis are bad?"

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