10 attacks Obama unleashed on Trump, GOP in midterm speech

08 September, 2018, 00:13 | Author: Martin Tyler
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His step back into the political arena offered a preview of his message for the fall's midterms.

The president said of Obama's speech, "I'm sorry, I watched it, but I fell asleep". He asked what had happened to the Republican Party. Obama, who has chimed in from time-to-time to remark on President Trump's words and actions, is expected to address threats to the United States' democracy and the consequences of apathy, and urge fellow Americans to vote this November.

Obama is also planning campaign trips to Pennsylvania in September, according to ABC 7 in Chicago, along with a NY fundraiser for the progressive National Democratic Redistricting Committee, led by former Attorney General Eric Holder, Obama's longtime friend.

Appearing on Fox News after Obama's speech, Mercedes Schlapp (White House senior advisor for strategic communications) claimed that Obama was falsely taking credit for Trump's economic accomplishments.

Republicans shrugged off Mr Obama's criticism. "I've found he's very good, very good for sleeping".

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"Former presidents generally have avoided critiquing their successors, but Obama has not kept up that tradition, having made a number of critical remarks about Trump since he left office in January 2017". 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.

Mr Trump told supporters in Montana yesterday that Republicans needed to maintain control of Congress to stave off possible impeachment proceedings against him, although Democrats have played down any discussion of that approach.

Not the cause. He's just capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years.

"It's not conservative", Obama said.

The speech was one of Obama's first major public appearances of 2018, and comes ahead of several planned campaign events for the upcoming midterm elections.

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

To avoid such traps, Obama in his post-presidency has chosen his spots carefully, opting to do targeted robo-calls a year ago to support Democratic Sen.

Obama also jabbed Trump on the issue the current president frequently heralds as one of his greatest achievements: The strong economy.

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

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