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

Foellinger on Friday

Obama said Americans and politicians of both parties should stand up against discrimination and "stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathizers". "Where there's a vacuum in our democracy, when we are not participating, we're not paying attention, when we're not stepping up - other voices fill the void". "In two months we have a chance to restore some sanity to our politics". "We have the chance to flip the House of Representatives and make sure there are real checks and balances in Washington".

"In fact, the best explanation of President Trump's victory are the "results" of the Obama Presidency!" Pirro said. "How dare you!"

"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", he said to cheers.

"The biggest threat to our democracy is cynicism - a cynicism that's led too many people to turn away from politics and stay home on Election Day".

Obama has slammed Trump's political tactics. While Democrats have gained, Republicans overall still have a registration edge in the county - 563,992 to 516,121 at the start of the year, according to the California Secretary of State's office.

"The biggest threat to our democracy.is not one individual, it is not one big super PAC of billionaires", Obama said.

"It's not conservative", Obama said.

"What happened to the Republican Party?" he said.

Obama made mention of the death toll in Hurricane Maria which hit Puerto Rico past year.

"To us, social justice is about justice for American citizens and not illegal criminals". Obama was "a lot lower key than yesterday's speech".

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The speech, which can be viewed live below, is taking place at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign, and is expected to have many Democratic Senators and Congressmen in attendance, including Senator Dick Durbin (D) of IL.

"Just a glance at recent headlines should tell you this moment really is different", Obama said.

The former president said Trump is "a symptom, not the cause" of the divisiveness plaguing USA politics.

President Donald Trump responded quickly to former President Barack Obama's speech on Friday, claiming that he fell asleep during the speech. "A fear, an anger that is rooted in our past but is also borne in our enormous upheavals that have taken place in your brief lifetimes".

Pirro said that Trump's election was Obama's fault.

"If you thought elections don't matter, I hope these last two years have corrected that impression", he said. Each of the seven candidates that Obama campaigned for on Saturday fit that description.

While the former president will be visible throughout the election, the adviser said Mr Obama will not be a daily presence on the campaign trail.

But he said the political moment required a pushback and called for better discourse. "He gets the attention off Trump, and reminds Republicans why it's important to vote in the midterms".

While Obama has previously been relatively restrained when addressing Trump, the former commander-in-chief questioned the president's much-touted economic success, his agenda at large and his failure to offer a full-throated condemnation of white supremacists. "And I'm happy he wants to do it again".

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