Obama speaks out against Trump and attacks 'politics of fear and resentment'

Marcus Newton
September 8, 2018

Obama's speech began with him making a strong push for Democratic turnout in the midterms.

Mr Trump was dismissive of Obama's speech.

"We got, if you remember, individual mandate wiped out, we wiped out individual mandate, the most unpopular part of Obamacare". It's playing out in a state Trump won by eight percentage points and where Republicans hold all statewide offices.

Mr Obama said: "They are not doing us a service by actively promoting 90% of the insane stuff that is coming out of this White House and then saying, 'Don't worry".

Obama, who has kept a relatively low profile since leaving office, took a step back into the political realm on Friday when he critiqued Trump and Republicans.

Mr Obama told Friday's awards ceremony in Urbana, Illinois, that he had been intending to follow the American tradition of former presidents exiting the political stage.

Barack Obama is going after President Trump for refusing to decry neo-Nazis in Charlottesville and bullying the media - but he's also got beef with the alleged Trump staffer behind the NYT op-ed.

Barack Obama's post-presidential retreat into the private world seems to be over.

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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.

Obama's campaign activity will continue through October and will include fundraising appearances, according to an Obama adviser. Obama is likely to be less helpful in some of the most competitive Senate races playing out in states Trump won.

"We're supposed to stand up to discrimination", he said.

"Demagogues promise simple fixes for big problems", Obama said, swiping at Trump.

Next Thursday, Obama leads a rally in Cleveland for Ohio governor candidate Richard Cordray and other Ohio Democrats.

Obama is also planning campaign trips to Pennsylvania in September, an Obama official said, as well as a NY fundraiser for the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, an organization led by former Attorney General Eric Holder, Obama's longtime friend. Appealing to tribe, appealing to fear, pitting one group against another, telling people that order and security will be restored if it weren't for those who don't look like us or don't sound like us or don't pray like we do, that's an old playbook.

Obama's involvement in the midterm campaign carries risks for Democrats.

Because there's actually only one real check on bad policy and abuses of power, and that is you - you and your vote.

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