Obama says Trump is 'a symptom of division'

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Obama hadn't publicly criticized Trump prior to the speech, although he took a veiled jab at the president in his eulogy for the late Sen.

Obama campaigned for congressional Democrats from California on Saturday, a day after he excoriated Trump in a speech in IL.

He also pointed out, in reaction to Obama's invocation of Fox News, that even though the former president never called the network the enemy of the people, the targeting of reporter James Rosen. "The fact is if we don't step up things can get worse", he said to audible groans from the 750 Democrats in the room on Saturday. Trump has given Obama a chance to write a new postscript to his own legacy. Obama asserted that Trump has merely been capitalizing on pent up resentment that politicians had been fanning for years prior. Rep. Steve Stivers welcomed Obama's return, saying that his presence "fired up Republicans like nobody", and would unite the party in the run-up to November's contentious midterm elections.

He also criticised Mr Trump's response to the violence past year at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that resulted in the death of one person.

Tory backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg says that Barack Obama should "look at himself" instead of putting blame directly on Donald Trump.

"I'm glad it's continued, but when you hear about this economic miracle that's been going on, when the job numbers come out, monthly job numbers, and, suddenly, Republicans are saying, 'it's a miracle.' I have to kind of remind them, actually, those job numbers are the same as they were in 2015 and 2016", the former president said.

"Just a glance at recent headlines should tell you this moment really is different", Obama said.

Former President Barack Obama spoke out against President Donald Trump on Friday while speaking at the University of IL.

"I'm here today because this is one of those pivotal moments when every one of us as citizens of the United States need to determine just who we are, what it is that we stand for", Obama said.

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And while the speech was not as direct as his remarks in Illinois, Obama did cast the current administration as one that is seizing on division.

Mr Obama, reacting to the article, said "that's not how our democracy is supposed to work".

"They're undermining our alliances, cozying up to Russian Federation", he said.

At the end of the speech, Obama again stressed how important it is to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.

"I want to reach out to some Republicans, who kind of hearken back to the values of a guy named Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican president".

Cox, Democrats' nominee in CA-21, said that optimism was misplaced, and action necessary.

"It's not conservative, it sure isn't normal - it's radical", he said. And that is it.

Former President Barack Obama speaks at a rally in support of Democratic candidate Phil Murphy for the governor of New Jersey, Oct. 19, 2017, in Newark, New Jersey.

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