Obama slams Republicans: Trump is ‘capitalizing on resentment’ 2018/09/07

On Friday September 7, 2018, Former president Barack Obama came out of the shadows to indict Trump, stating that he is “capitalizing on resentment that politicians have been fanning for years.”

Obama was giving a speech in front of more than a thousand students at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign and gives an insight of Obama’s message going into the midterms.

Obama told the students

“You happen to be coming of age. It did not start with Donald Trump, he is a symptom, not the cause. He is just 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.”

Obama also made an apparent rebuke of Trump’s lack of condemnation over the white supremacist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia when he had said there were “fine people on both sides.”

“It shouldn’t be Democratic or Republican to say that we don’t target groups of people because of what they look like or how they pray. … We are supposed to stand up to discrimination and we are sure as heck to stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathizers.”

“How hard can that be, saying that Nazis are bad?”

Obama on Trump - How hard can that be, saying that Nazis are bad. Barack Obama cartoon caricature APT

Obama also heavily criticized Trump’s treatment of the Department of Justice and the FBI

“It should not be Democratic or Republican, it should not be partisan to say that we don’t pressure the Department of Justice or the FBI to use the criminal justice system as a cudgel to punish our political opponents, or to explicitly call for the attorney general to protect members of own party from prosecution because elections happen to be coming up. I am not making that up. That is not hypothetical.”

Obama then turned on the Republican Party

“What happened to the Republican Party? Its central organizing principle in foreign policy was the fight against communism and now they are cozying up to the former head of the KGB, actively blocking legislation that would defend our elections from Russia attack. What happened?”

“I don’t mean to pretend I am channeling Abraham Lincoln, but that is not what he had in mind, I think, when he helped form the Republican Party. It is not conservative, it sure isn’t normal. It is radical. It is a vision that says the protection of our power and those that back us is all the matters even when it hurts the country.”

Obama finally pleaded with the students to go out and vote

“Don’t tell me your vote doesn’t matter, and if you thought elections don’t matter, I hope these last two years have corrected the impression.”

“Just a glance at recent headlines should tell you that this moment really is different, the stakes really are higher, the consequences of any of us sitting on the sidelines are more dire.”

The Republican National Committee spokesperson Ellien Hockenbury fired back with:

“Democrats may have a new resistor-in-chief on the campaign trail, but they’ll need more than a message of resist and obstruct to win this November.”

Trump told a crowd in North Dakota

“I watched it, but I fell asleep. I’ve found he’s very good for sleeping.”

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