Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
Markets | By Terence Owen

Obama speaks out against Trump and attacks 'politics of fear and resentment'

Obama speaks out against Trump and attacks 'politics of fear and resentment'

"So much of our politics, our public life, our public discourse", Obama said, "can seem small and mean and petty, trafficking in bombast and insult, in phony controversies and manufactured outrage".

The president was widely censured by officials from across the political spectrum, and later clarified that he condemned neo-Nazis and white supremacy.

"Don't boo - vote", Obama said, kicking off a midterm push to encourage especially low-propensity voters - like the college students he was speaking to - to go to the polls. Denouncing the university as a "corrupt institution" for giving Obama an award for ethics in government, Pollak insisted that Obama's "entire speech was based on a false conceit".

Obama is also expected to campaign in IL and Pennsylvania later this month and headline a fundraiser for the National Democratic Redistricting Committee in New York City, which is looking to reverse gerrymandering that has helped Republicans in some congressional districts.

Reporters noted it was the first time Obama had name-checked Trump since leaving office, although he's spoken with implicit criticism of Trump several times over the past year-and-a-half.

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Obama delivered a speech Friday at the University of IL that included several broadsides at Trump while rarely mentioning his name.

Trump responded during a campaign appearance in North Dakota, saying that Obama was trying to take credit for this "incredible thing that's happening to our country".

He also made it very clear that anger and discontent in politics haven't started with Trump but said that he used it to his own advantage very well. He says the country is at a pivotal moment in its history and "the consequences of any of us sitting on the sidelines are more dire" than in prior elections.

Obama also condemned the politics of "fear and resentment" during his speech, which led him to become the top trending item on Twitter Friday morning.

"The biggest threat to our democracy is indifference", he said. "He's just capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been capitalizing on for years", Obama said.

This Downstate Illinois turf is familiar to Obama from his 2004 Senate race and his 2008 and 2012 presidential runs.

"If you thought that elections don't matter, I hope these last two years have corrected that impression", he said.

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

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