Obama rips Trump ahead of United States midterm elections

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During President Donald Trump's remarks at a rally in North Dakota, which he gave on the heels of a fiery speech former President Barack Obama delivered from Illinois, Trump just couldn't get his predecessor out of his head, even when talking up his own accomplishments.

"This is a consequential moment in our history".

"He's just capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years", the former president added.

"We're supposed to stand up to discrimination", Obama said. And we're sure as heck supposed to stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathizers.

The Times says the op-ed, published Wednesday, was written by a senior official in the Trump administration. "We've seen basic norms and principles that have served us well for decades increasingly violated", Obama said. "That is not a check". "I'm being serious here". And in a healthy democracy, it doesn't work.

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Up until this point, Obama has strayed away from directly attacking President Trump, but according to those with knowledge of the speech, it is expected to provide his most pointed rebuke to date of the current president. "That's the only way it could happen", Trump told a Montana rally.

The speech is Obama's first big step into the campaign for the midterm elections.

The auditorium in Illinois was filled Friday with a mix of students and Illinois political figures, including Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin and Illinois Democratic gubernatorial nominee JB Pritzker.

The speech at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign comes ahead of Obama's first campaign events of the midterms: a rally for a handful of Democratic congressional candidates in California on Saturday and an event for Richard Cordray, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in OH, next Thursday. Despite previously indicating that he would follow that norm, Obama broke with tradition on September 7 with a speech kicking off his campaign blitz to help Democrats regain control of Congress in the 2018 midterm elections. More than six in 10 respondents to a Gallup poll released in February said they approved of the way Obama handled the job.

Former US President Barack Obama said the only way to tame a government by the powerful few is democracy by the organized many. "I don't agree with President Obama, he's President Obama, he won the election".

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"Obama has Trump Derangement Syndrome".

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Stivers said Friday that Obama's campaign events will help Republicans.

Since leaving office, Obama had avoided directly criticizing Trump and made a calculated effort not to utter his successor's name. "And I'm happy he wants to do it again".

He said that Trump isn't the biggest threat to Americans - it's indifference.

Mr Obama called on people to vote in America's midterm November election, saying "our democracy depends on it". "How hard can that be, saying that Nazis are bad?" The speech will be a preview of the argument Obama will make this fall campaign season. "And to have President Obama come out and tout his policies that resulted in less than 2 percent growth-which saw tax increases, Obamacare regulation, and a doubling of the national debt-I think was it was very disappointing".

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