Donald Trump speaks at Republican fundraising event

Donald Trump speaks at Republican fundraising event

Today, former President Barack Obama signaled that he's stepping back into the fray by directly rebuking sitting President Donald Trump.

"I'm sorry, I watched it, but I fell asleep", he said. "I've found he's very good, very good for sleeping".

The speech at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign kicks off Obama's first campaign events ahead of the November midterms: a rally for several Democratic congressional candidates in California Saturday, and an event for Richard Cordray, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in OH, on Thursday, noted CNN. Most of the economists "suggested Mr. Trump's election deserves at least some credit" for the upturn.

"We're supposed to stand up to bullies", Obama said.

Obama is also planning campaign trips to Pennsylvania in September, an Obama official said, as well as a NY fundraiser for the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, an organization led by former Attorney General Eric Holder, Obama's longtime friend. Obama asked an auditorium packed with college students who greeted him with a roaring standing ovation. After his remarks, Obama will be presented the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government in a ceremony at the university president's residence on campus. "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". "It's radical", said Obama. Far-right wingnuts, not surprisingly, are furious-although some anti-Trump voices on the right (including Republican Party strategist Rick Wilson) seem to be taking great pleasure in Obama's ability to get under Trump's skin. I'm not making that up. that's not hypothetical.

"In the end, the threat to our democracy doesn't just come from Donald Trump or the current batch of Republicans in Congress", he said. A series of former presidents have avoided critiquing their successors, and Obama has attempted to keep that tradition since he left office in January 2017.

At the time, Trump hesitated to denounce the violence, and said there were bad people on "both sides". Obama said: "How hard can that be?"

The former president urged Americans to take on issues such as racism, saying progress can be made. John McCain, R-Ariz., he seemed to take a swipe at Trump, without naming him, when he described "politics that pretends to be courageous and tough, but in fact is born of fear".

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As for voting, Obama criticized the fact that people usually vote for their favorite party instead of for the country.

In an unusually blistering attack on his successor, Obama said Americans were living in risky times and accused Republicans of threatening democracy, dividing the country, undermining global alliances and cozying up to Russian Federation.

During his remarks, he took a swipe at former President Barack Obama who earlier today railed against Trump and the Republicans while stumping in IL. He's says it's the result of a rapidly changing world and growing inequality and that politicians who appeal to that fear are using "an old playbook".

Next week, Obama plans to campaign in Ohio for Richard Cordray, the Democratic nominee for governor, and Ohio Democrats.

The ex-Prez went in on his predecessor while receiving an award at the University of IL. saying, "How hard can that be?" His advisers say it's a preview of the case he'll make throughout the fall campaign season. While he has endorsed candidates and appeared at fundraising events, he has spent much of his post-presidency on the political sidelines. He'll next travel to California for an event with seven House candidates in Orange County.

Trump has consistently used Obama as a foil on Twitter to energize his voters, while Democratic incumbent senators are struggling for reelection in states where Obama has never been particularly popular.

Now, as 2018 midterm campaign season gets underway, it's likely a very public Trump-versus-Obama showdown becomes a defining storyline of the year.

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