Published: Sun, September 09, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

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Barack Obama has largely refrained from criticizing his successor, but he delivered his strongest rebuke yet on Friday in a speech at the University of IL. "He is a symptom, not a cause".

Former president Barack Obama said Donald Trump is "capitalising on resentment that politicians have been fanning for years".

"He's the ideal person to galvanize young people and minorities to go out and vote, which they don't normally do in midterms", said Shrum, who directs the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California.

"You need to vote because our democracy depends on it. ..."

"Many of them never imagined running for office, but what they understood is the stakes are high in this election".

After spending much of his post-presidency on the political sidelines, Mr Obama has several events scheduled in coming days where he'll campaign for Democrats.

Mr Obama said during a speech at the University of IL on Friday, where he accepted an award for ethics in government, that US President Trump is "capitalising on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years".

"I'm sorry, I watched it, but I fell asleep", Mr Trump said at a campaign appearance in Fargo, North Dakota.

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President Donald Trump speaks at a fundraiser in Fargo, N.D., Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. That person should be found out and stopped, " Giuliani said.

Obama lambasted Trump for leaning on law enforcement to protect Republicans from prosecution, slammed them for "cozying up" to Russian President Vladimir Putin and faulted him for equivocating about who was at fault during the white supremacist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. "Suddenly, deficits don't matter, even though just two years ago, when the deficit was lower, they said, 'I couldn't help working families or seniors because it was, the deficit was, in existential crisis". These people aren't elected.

The former president said he rejects the politics of fear and division and said all people deserve equal treatment.

Obama urged Democrats to vote in November's elections to restore "honesty and decency and lawfulness" to government. Rep. Steve Stivers welcomed Obama's return, saying that his presence "fired up Republicans like nobody", and would unite the party in the run-up to November's contentious midterm elections.

Each of the seven candidates that Obama campaigned for on Saturday fit that description. We are supposed to stand up to bullies not follow them.

"When you hear how great the economy's doing right now, let's just remember when this recovery started", he said.

Although Obama did not refer to the president by name, his intent was clear.

"None of this is conservative", Obama said.

He has also made a priority of helping individual candidates in governors' and state legislative races by working closely with former attorney general Eric Holder Jr., who has founded a group, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, that is focused on expanding Democratic state power in advance of the next round of congressional-district mapping.

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