Obama Denounced President Trump in Speech, Warns of 'Pivotal Moment'

Fredrick Soto
September 7, 2018

Obama added in his remarks to Democrats: "It did not start with Donald Trump".

"It should not be a partisan issue to say that we do not pressure the attorney general or the Federal Bureau of Investigation to use the criminal justice system as a cudgel to punish our political opponents", Obama said.

"Because there is actually only one real check on bad policy and abuses of power, and that's you - you and your vote", he said.

But Obama indicated he was willing to bear that risk and take on a more public role for Democrats, who have dealt with internal squabbles since he left office. "Suddenly deficits do not matter", Obama said.

"They'll promise to clean up corruption and then plunder away; they start to undermine norms that insure accountability and try to chance the rules to enhance their power, and appeal to racial nationalism that is barely veiled".

Mr Obama said: "They are not doing us a service by actively promoting 90% of the insane stuff that is coming out of this White House and then saying, 'Don't worry. The biggest threat to our democracy is cynicism". "I found he's very good for sleeping".

Generally, former presidents keep a low profile after leaving office.

The speech, which the former president gave after receiving an award for ethics, is Obama's first major foray into political stumping ahead of the November elections.

But he dropped that political tradition in IL, the state where he launched his own political career, saying a vote against Republicans could restore "honesty and decency and lawfulness" to government.

Then I have three more pages, two more pages just like this.

"I don't mean to pretend I'm channeling Abraham Lincoln now but that's not what he had in mind, I think, when he helped form the Republican Party", Obama said.

Republicans shrugged off Obama's criticism.

Obama's remarks come as the midterm election enters full swing.

But the breakdown in political discourse has led the country to stray from its core principles of "the rule of law, human rights and democracy", Obama said.

If Democrats win control of one or both chambers in Congress in November, they would be able not just to stymie Trump's agenda but to launch investigations into the Trump administration. "The idea that, 'Well, you know, there's racism in America, so I'm not going to bother voting, ' makes no sense".

"As a fellow citizen, not as an ex-president, but as a citizen, I'm here to deliver a simple message that is that you need to vote". "That's the only way it could happen", Trump told a Montana rally. GOP challengers hit Dems over tax votes Obama to hit campaign trail in Ohio, California MORE, his office said.

The former president took aim at the author an anonymous op-ed in The New York Times who described an internal effort to stop Trump from taking drastic actions they believe would hurt the country, arguing this was far from heroic work.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER