Obama, who has frustrated some Democrats by keeping a relatively low profile since leaving office in January 2017, said Republicans seemed unwilling to safeguard democracy or offer a check on Trump's policies or worst instincts. "He is a symptom, not the cause. And they're not giving up until we have a Congress that sees your lives are more important than a campaign check from the NRA".
"When there is a vacuum in our democracy, when we don't vote, when we take our basic rights and freedoms for granted, the politics of fear and resentment and retrenchment takes hold". "They promise to clean up corruption then plunder away". "They start undermining norms that assure accountability and they appeal to racial nationalism that's barely veiled".
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But he didn't delve into some of his legacy issues like the Affordable Care Act, which could play a large role in November races.
"You happen to be coming of age during one of those moments", Obama told the audience.
Former U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday told attendees at a Democratic rally that the United States government "is a government for everybody".
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Obama plans to hit the campaign trail for Democratic candidates in competitive races all across the country through October, appearing first in California on Saturday and OH next week.
Today former President Obama gave a speech to students at the University of IL where he slammed President Trump, argued Republicans have lost their way and urged young people to vote in the 2018 midterm elections.
And the other comments Obama made at a Democratic rally in California didn't appear to impress Pirro either. 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. "I found he's very good, very good for sleeping", the president said.
Next week, Obama plans to campaign in OH for Richard Cordray, the Democratic nominee for governor, and other Democrats.
"Obama being on the campaign trail as a foil to president Trump only reminds Trump voters of the corrupt and failed political establishment that they were voting against when they voted for Trump in the first place", Andrew Surabian, a former White House official and adviser to Donald Trump Jr., said to USA TODAY Saturday. Obama turned his visit into a "State of Our Democracy" review, and we are not getting an A-plus, you guys.
Fox host Jeanine Pirro has lashed out at former President Barack Obama, claiming he is responsible for the election of President Donald Trump. "It's radical. It's a vision that says the protection of our power and those who back us is all that matters even if it hurts the country", he said. They also said he is better positioned than nearly anyone else in the party to raise huge amounts of campaign cash.