Obama calls out Trump: 'This is not normal'

Marsha Scott
September 12, 2018

"You happen to be coming of age", Obama told students at the University of IL at Urbana Champaign.

Obama emphasized to the students the "stakes really are higher" regarding this year's midterms.

"We thought it was important to find a setting where he can find a cogent, rational argument outside of the more chaotic campaign appearances that come this fall", the adviser said.

He added, "This is not normal". "Then something powerful happens", he said.

"Its central organizing principal in foreign policy was the fight against communism and now they're cozying up to the former head of the KGB, actively blocking legislation that would defend our elections from Russian attack". Next week he'll be in OH to campaign for Senator Richard Cordray and other Democrats.

Obama also unloaded on the Republican Party, saying that it has become a home for the politics of "division, of resentment and paranoia" and that its members are abdicating their responsibilities by doing nothing "when the president does something insane".

The Republican National Committee, for its part, responded to Obama's speech by saying, "President Obama stepped back into the spotlight to make the case that our country is on the wrong track".

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".

"As a fellow citizen, not as an ex-president but as a citizen, I'm here to deliver simple message and that is that you need to vote because our democracy depends on it", Obama said. "I found that he's very, very good for sleeping".

"It took me a few months to get the engine started", Trump said, pointing out that he did it by cutting regulations on projects like the Dakota pipeline.

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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". "It is apathy, it is indifference, it is us not doing what we are supposed to do". "And we're sure as heck supposed to stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathizers".

He specifically called out Mr Trump's response to the violence in Charlotesville, Virginia in 2017, asking the crowd: "How hard can that be, saying that Nazis are bad?"

He also criticized Trump's response to the violence a year ago at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that resulted in the death of a counter-protester.

For the first time in a public speech leaving office, Obama publicly said the words, "Donald Trump" -- twice, though he made no mention of his title as the nation's president.

During a speech at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign on Friday, Obama said the country is in a "backlash" moment.

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".

"It's supposed to be the party... of fiscal conservatism".

Obama's office announced his first round of endorsements earlier this year and the official said his second round will be released in coming weeks.

The former president implored the young audience to vote in the upcoming election.

Obama is re-entering the public eye two months before voters head to the polls for the midterm elections on November 6.

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