Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
Markets | By Jeffery Armstrong

Even While Touting Own Accomplishments, Trump Can't Help But Jab Obama's Speech

Even While Touting Own Accomplishments, Trump Can't Help But Jab Obama's Speech

Former President Barack Obama said President Donald Trump is "capitalizing on resentment that politicians have been fanning for years" and questioned "What happened to the Republican Party?" a preview of Obama's message for the fall's midterms and his most pointed rebuke to date of his successor in the White House.

"For Americans who love this country and care about the future of our 242 years of Democratic self rule, it is imperative to watch President Obama's speech in IL today", director and regular Trump-basher Rob Reiner tweeted.

The former president urged Americans to take on issues such as racism, saying progress can be made.

"When you vote, you've got the power to make sure white nationalists don't feel emboldened to march with their hoods on or hoods off in Charlottesville".

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Republicans said voters won't find Obama's argument appealing. "But right now there's nothing".

"Just a glance at recent headlines should tell you this moment really is different", Mr Obama said. "The stakes really are higher".

But he dropped that political tradition in IL, the state where he launched his own political career, saying a vote against Republicans could restore "honesty and decency and lawfulness" to government. Democrats at the time, including Obama, denied the accusation and said those who dared to oppose the legislation were simply fear mongers or racists.

He said Americans and politicians of both parties should stand up against discrimination and "stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathizers".

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"President Donald Trump this week criticized the attorney general for prosecuting two Republican congressmen, saying it will hurt the party in the November elections".

Obama, who is going on the campaign trail Saturday in California, touted the crop of Democratic candidates running for office in November and highlighted women who have stepped up to run on the Democratic side.

"The threat to our democracy doesn't just come from Donald Trump", Obama said. Obama's latest foray into politics is likely to ignite Republicans, including Trump.

"In 2016, voters rejected President Obama's policies and his dismissiveness towards half the country. Doubling down on that strategy won't work in 2018 either", he said. President Trump has warned his supporters that if they don't turn up to the voting booth, he could be impeached.

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"If it does happen, it's your fault, because you didn't go out to vote. OK?" But nothing will get done if this generation doesn't vote, he added. He will spend this Saturday in California stumping for seven congressional candidates at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee event and will head to OH next week to campaign for gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray.

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