Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Barack Obama Labels Donald Trump A 'Symptom Of Division'

Barack Obama Labels Donald Trump A 'Symptom Of Division'

In one of the speech's more timely soundbites, Obama blasted his successor's fierce and frequent attacks on the press.

Obama also implied in his speech on Friday that Trump and his supporters do not think Nazis are bad, asking, "We are supposed to stand up to discrimination".

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.

Obama also swiped at the president for his earlier comparing of himself with iconic Republican Abraham Lincoln, and for his statement that he would ask Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate the mystery writer of an anonymous New York Times op-ed criticizing his leadership style from within.

Chelsea Brossard, Harder's campaign manager, called Saturday an "all hands on deck moment" for the campaign and said they were "proud to have this level of support as we begin the final stretch".

"It shouldn't be Democratic or Republican to say we don't target certain groups of people based on what they look like or how they pray".

"It's as old as time". Obama argued that this "not how our democracy is supposed to work".

The remarks served as Obama's first steps into the political fray ahead of the fall campaign.

While Obama has endorsed candidates and appeared at fundraising events, he has previously spent much of his post-presidency on the political sidelines.

Obama said during a speech Friday at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign that "you can not sit back and wait for a savior".

Obama emphasized to the students the "stakes really are higher" regarding this year's midterms. "The consequences of any of us sitting on the sidelines are dire".

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He later added: "This is not normal".

Trump fired back, saying he went to sleep watching the speech.

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

"I found he's very good for sleeping", Trump added. The current climate of fear, divisions and cynicism, he said, "did not start with Donald Trump".

On Saturday the former president stumped for candidates in California in the Democrats' bid to take back the House of Representatives. Next week, he'll return to the campaign trail in OH to campaign for Richard Cordray and other Democrats.

Speaking about the Democrat campaign, Mr Obama said to loud cheers: "We're going to put on our marching shoes, we're going to start knocking on some doors, we're going to start making some calls".

Obama's speech Saturday took a softer approach than his event on Friday, with the former president avoided taking direct jabs at Trump. Obama was "a lot lower key than yesterday's speech".

Katie Hill, Obama's communications director, said Obama hopes to use his standing across the country to help elect Democrats up and down the ballot.

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

Obama is seeking to rally support for Democrats as Americans prepare to head to the voting booth November 6 in elections that will see one-third of Senate seats up for grabs, as well as all seats in the House of Representatives.

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