Barack Obama slams Donald Trump, warns of 'dangerous times'

Barack Obama slams Donald Trump, warns of 'dangerous times'

Barack Obama slams Donald Trump, warns of 'dangerous times'

Obama's speech at the Anaheim Convention Center in Southern California, a region traditionally held by Republicans, was a stump for Democrats Josh Harder, TJ Cox, Katie Hill, Gil Cisneros, Katie Porter, Harley Rouda and Mike Levin.

While Obama has previously been relatively restrained when addressing Trump, the former commander-in-chief questioned the president's much-touted economic success, his agenda at large and his failure to offer a full-throated condemnation of white supremacists. At a fundraiser in Fargo, North Dakota, he told the crowd that he even "fell asleep" watching it. "You need to vote because our democracy depends on it", he told the students in attendance. "I found he's very good, very good for sleeping", the president said. Four of those districts are at least partly in Orange County, a formerly reliable GOP bastion that went for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

Obama heads to Cleveland on September 13 to campaign for Ohio Democratic gubernatorial nominee Richard Cordray.

Obama is re-entering the public eye two months before voters head to the polls for the midterm elections on November 6.

During his remarks, Obama also criticized Republicans in Congress who seem "utterly unwilling" to stand up to Trump and "safeguard the institutions that make our democracies work".

An Obama office official said before the speech that they could not say whether the former president would mention Trump directly in IL but added that "regardless of whether he mentions him by name, it will be very clear who he is talking about". "Or to explicitly call on the attorney general to protect members of our own party from prosecution because an election happens to be coming up".

Obama did not mention Trump on Saturday and instead said the problems in Washington are bigger than one person.

Speaking to a largely young audience at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign, Obama urged them to vote if they wanted to make a difference - "In two months we have the chance, not the certainty but the chance, to restore some semblance of sanity to our politics".

"You've got to do more than retweet a hashtag, you've got to vote", he said.

Barack Obama with sister Auma Obama and President Uhuru Kenyatta when he visited Kenya on Sunday, July 15 since he finished his presidential term.

Obama argued that Trump is "capitalizing on resentment that politicians have been fanning for years, a fear, an anger that is rooted in our past, but is also borne in our enormous upheavals that have taken place in your brief lifetimes".

Former President Barack Obama is stepping into the midterm battle.

Noting Trump's efforts to improve relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin while US intelligence has accused Russia of interfering in the 2016 presidential election, Obama asked, "What happened to the Republican Party?"

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

"We're in one of those moments of backlash".

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