Trump on Obama Getting Back Into Politics: Boring!

Erika Holt
September 12, 2018

Following a fiery appearance in his home state of IL, former President Barack Obama brought a softer tone Saturday to Orange County, California - a traditional GOP stronghold. "It's radical. It's a vision that says our protection of our power is all that matters", Obama said. "Or to explicitly call on the attorney general to protect members of our own party from prosecution because an election happens to be coming up".

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"And by the way the idea that everything will turn out OK because there are people inside the White House who secretly aren't following the President's orders", he said. He has typically avoided even mentioning Trump by name in speeches.

"Cast dozens of votes to take away health insurance from ordinary Americans".

"These are extraordinary times, and they're unsafe times", Obama said during remarks at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign, adding that the upcoming midterm elections offer "the chance to restore some semblance of sanity to our politics". "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".

In his remarks, Obama highlighted the anonymous op-ed in The New York Times this week, published by a Senior Administration Official. "That's not how our democracy's supposed to work", Obama said.

Still, he believes America will make it through this period: "We have been through much darker times than these and somehow each generation of Americans have carried us through to the other side".

"You've got to do more than retweet a hashtag, you've got to vote", he said.

"I watched it, but I fell asleep", Trump claimed. Further the Democratic former president assailed Republicans as "unwilling to find the backbone" to challenge Trump head-on accusing them instead of answering "outrageous" actions with "vague statements of disappointment".

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Obama's appearance in Anaheim benefits Democrats running in the traditionally Republican Orange County. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., tweeted.

He totally does, and he is--his speech, when you listen to it, which I did, it's the same exhausted boring resist talking points that we heard", "He couldn't even say "President Trump.' He said 'Donald Trump" twice in the speech... would not refer to him as President Trump.

"Your version of America is not the America we want", Pirro said on Saturday night in a message to Obama. "Doubling down on that strategy won't work in 2018 either", said Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Ahrens. "They start undermining norms that assure accountability and they appeal to racial nationalism that's barely veiled". He also questioned a "cozying up" to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"What happened to the Republican Party?" he asked rhetorically.

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.

"As a fellow citizen, not as an ex-president".

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

Obama is seeking to rally support for Democrats as Americans prepare to head to the voting booth November 6 in elections that will see one-third of Senate seats up for grabs, as well as all seats in the House of Representatives.

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. It could very well, as some Democrats acknowledge, energize Republican and conservative voters, of which there are many in this part of the state, who have long opposed Mr. Obama.

Former President Barack Obama speaks at the memorial service of Senator John McCain at National Cathedral in Washington, Sept. 1, 2018.

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