Obama Slams Donald Trump Publicly For First Time

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Indeed, even as Obama was delivering his speech on Friday in Illinois, Trump was doing his best to prove it by announcing that he wants the US Justice Department to find the author.

"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".

Casting aside the traditional low profile of a former president, Obama returned to the campaign trail on Friday in IL in an effort to help Democrats running in the upcoming midterm elections. "We have the chance to flip the House of Representatives and make sure that there are real checks and balances in Washington".

Obama shared the billing with seven Democratic candidates in competitive U.S. House districts across California. Last month, he endorsed nearly 100 Democratic candidates across the country.

Pirro's comments came following a speech from Obama in which he criticized the president, and comments he made on Friday slamming Trump for his reluctance to disavow Nazi sympathizers over the White Supremacist rally in Charlottesville.

Former US President Barack Obama has launched an unprecedented attack on his successor Donald Trump and his Republican party, condemning the use of fearmongering and bigotry as electoral devices. "He's just capitalising on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years".

Obama also recorded a NowThis News video released Saturday. "And there is nothing you can do about the fact that he's sitting in the Oval Office now", she added.

The party did poorly in both the mid-terms during his presidency - 2010 and 2014 - and he failed to hand them over to Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016.

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Pence says Obama rolled out "the same exhausted arguments that he and liberals have made over the last eight years". "That's on the ballot".

The only thing they have to do, Obama said, is "show up".

And in a final fusillade, Obama lambasted Trump, saying that it "should not be Democratic or Republican" to not attack the press as enemies of the people, or use the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a political cudgel, or call on the attorney general not to prosecute members of your own party to help win elections.

But Republicans have been just as eager to welcome Obama back to the campaign trail, too, believing he will rally their base as much, if not more, than he rallies Democrats.

An Anaheim fire official at the scene estimated the standing-room-only crowd at the invite-only event in the convention center ballroom around 800 people.

Also, Obama has been known to be unsuccessful in transferring votes of his supporter to other Democrats.

"I wish he had gone a little harder on Trump", said Lee Rice, 73, an electrician from Oakdale in California's central valley. "You can not doubt because you don't feel sufficiently inspired by this or that candidate".

"This President and this Congress are hitting people right in the pocket book and people see that", Cox said, arguing Obama will offer them an image of Democratic leadership.

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