10 attacks Obama unleashed on Trump, GOP in midterm speech
02:30, Sep 8, 2018
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Previewing his midterm campaign message, former President Barack Obama on Friday launched a direct attack on President Donald Trump and Republicans, and called on Americans to "restore some semblance of sanity to our politics" by voting.
From this profound analytical error has followed a second one: that Donald Trump represents a sudden departure from the Republican Party's character.
Obama said it's not an exaggeration to say the midterm elections are the most important in his lifetime.
Former president Barack Obama returned to the campaign stage on Friday to address the political schism that has overtaken the country and criticize the elements that have been most divisive.
Obama has made some appearances since Trump took office - including headlining a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee earlier this year, and has not stayed mum on Washington affairs.
Obama told the students: "The question is: 'What are you going to do?'" He said the biggest threat to democracy isn't Trump but "indifference".
The ex-president urged young people to go out and vote and engage with the issues that mattered to them, saying "you can not sit back and wait for a savior".
"They're undermining our alliances, cozying up to Russian Federation", he said. "How hard can that be, saying that Nazis are bad?"
"It did not start with Donald Trump", Obama said during a noon speech at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He's says it's the result of a rapidly changing world and growing inequality and that politicians who appeal to that fear are using "an old playbook".
"We're supposed to stand up to discrimination", Obama said. 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".
On Saturday, Obama hits Orange County, Calif., where he headlines a rally at the Anaheim Convention center to bolster seven Democrats running for House seats.
The former president implored the young audience to vote in the upcoming election.
The speech at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign kicks off Obama's first campaign events ahead of the November midterms: a rally for several Democratic congressional candidates in California Saturday, and an event for Richard Cordray, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in OH, on Thursday, noted CNN.
After spending much of his post-presidency on the political sidelines, Mr Obama has several events scheduled in coming days where he'll campaign for Democrats. Next week he'll be in OH to campaign for Richard Cordray and other Democrats.
"In 2016, voters rejected President Obama's policies and his dismissiveness towards half the country". Obama is set to speak Friday as he accepts an ethics in government award in IL.
Perhaps the most damning moment of the speech came when Obama criticised the way the current President reacted to the Charlottesville riots that took place in 2017. Next week he'll be in OH to campaign for Senator Richard Cordray and other Democrats.
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In his closing statement, McCain acknowledged he was not without his flaws but said he tried to serve the country "honorably". McCain was a frequent critic of Trump on everything from his leadership style to his Russian Federation policy.
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