Obama issues scathing critique of Trump, ‘politics of fear’

Aaron Brown
September 12, 2018

While the former president will be visible throughout the general election, the adviser said that Obama will not be seen daily throughout the campaign.

"If these candidates win, I'm absolutely confident that Washington will start working better!" Ben Ray Lujan, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said in a statement.

The speech comes ahead of his first midterm campaign events, beginning Saturday, in the political battleground of Orange County, Calif., where he will stump for several Democratic House candidates.

He said stakes were high not just for Democrats but for all Americans, as "people feel scared" about a litany of issues: a troubled health care system, the high costs of education, a warming climate and more.

"If you're a patriot and you like the course America is on, just ignore them, get behind this president, and vote", she told her viewers.

"It shouldn't be Democratic or Republican to say we don't target certain groups of people based on what they look like or how they pray".

"Progress does not happen all at once", he said.

Obama was editing his first public speech of the 2018 midterms on the plane, an aide to the former president tells CNN, scribbling notes and crossing out lines on a printed copy.

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"Don't tell me your vote doesn't matter", he said in IL.

"It should not be a partisan issue to say that we do not pressure the attorney general or the Federal Bureau of Investigation to use the criminal justice system as a cudgel to punish our political opponents", Obama said. "In 2 months, we have the chance to restore some sanity to our politics. We have a chance to flip the House of Representatives". Next week he'll be in OH to campaign for Richard Cordray and other Democrats. Obama said: "How hard can that be?" Obama didn't mention President Donald Trump by name during a 20-minute speech in the key Southern California battleground of Orange County.

Former President Barack Obama is calling on people to vote in the November election, saying "our democracy depends on it". We're supposed to stand up to discrimination. Some of the candidates he will reportedly appear alongside will include Josh Harder, who is running against Rep. Jeff Denham of Turlock; T.J. Cox, who is challenging Rep. David Valadao of Hanford; and Katie Hill, who is running for the seat now occupied by Rep. Steve Knight of Palmdale.

Obama is receiving an award for ethics in government at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He's expected to hold a rally with OH gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray Thursday, and with seven Democratic House candidates in California Saturday.

Obama discussed the recent op-ed published in the New York Times by an anonymous Trump Administration member who said other officials are trying to stop Trump's worst impulses.

Politico reports that insiders claim Trump "has long complained about the fawning coverage and adulation that he believes Obama has received, even after leaving the White House", which has been exacerbated by the president's dismay at the fawning coverage given to the late Sen.

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

Historically, midterms are lightly attended and Obama made a point of reminding his audience that only one in five young people voted in the 2014 midterm election. The speech will be a preview of the argument Obama will make this fall campaign season.

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