Former President Barack Obama Slams Donald Trump and GOP Ahead of Midterms (Video)

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Former President Obama delivers remarks at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign (Source: CBS News)

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URBANA—(ENEWSPF)—September 7, 2018
By: Rosemary Piser

In his strongest remarks since leaving office, former President Barack Obama slammed Donald Trump and the GOP urging every one of the importance of voting in the 2018 mid-term elections. In his speech before a thousand University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign students, faculty, administrators, elected officials and others, Obama delivered a lengthy and direct indictment of the past two years of American politics saying that Trump is “capitalizing on resentment that politicians have been fanning for years.”

Obama blasted the Republicans for “the politics of division and resentment and paranoia.”

He said the GOP has passed a massive tax cut for the rich people who don’t need it, allowed the Trump Administration to exit the Paris Climate Agreement, and cozy up to Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

“What happened to the Republican party,” Obama said.

Obama opined that the greatest threat to American democracy is not Donald Trump, Republicans in Congress, the Koch brothers, too much compromise from Democrats, or Russian hacking but rather cynicism that keeps Americans from participating in the democratic process.

“As a fellow citizen, not as an ex-president but as a citizen, I’m here to deliver simple message and that is that you need to vote because our democracy depends on it,” Obama said.

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

Obama intends to campaign for Democratic candidates running in the mid-term elections.