Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Obama demands return to 'sanity' in politics in second swipe at Trump

Obama demands return to 'sanity' in politics in second swipe at Trump

"He is just capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years".

When that happens, he says, people become cynical and decide not to participate in the political process - creating a vacuum filled by lobbyists and special interests.

President Trump pretended to be unmoved, saying, "I watched it but I fell asleep". Obama's speech castigated Trump as the product of a party that long ago went mad. "It reminds the Republicans why these midterms are important". "We have the chance to flip the House of Representatives and make sure that there are real checks and balances in Washington".

Trump offered no direct rebuttal to Obama's speech, but tweeted that Republicans were doing well leading up to the midterms. In that speech, he slammed "crazy stuff" coming out of the Trump White House and blasted President Donald Trump for trying to politicize the Justice Department.

Mr Obama said the greatest threat to United States democracy comes not from any single individual or from any group of billionaires seeking to dominate the nation's politics.

Fox & Friends Weekend host Pete Hegseth, who interviewed President Donald Trump two days ago, declared this morning that former President Barack Obama has "Trump Derangement Syndrome".

Obama touted the sevent candidates - Josh Harder (CA-10), TJ Cox (CA-21), Katie Hill (CA-25), Gil Cisneros (CA-39), Katie Porter (CA-45), Harley Rouda (CA-48), and Mike Levin (CA-49) - by name, casting them as people who understand how critical it is for Democrats to step up in 2018.

"That's not how our democracy is supposed to work", Obama thundered, in reference to the revelations by investigative journalist Bob Woodward whose new book describes Trump's aides battling to rein in an angry, uninformed president.

"Obama has Trump Derangement Syndrome".

"When you hear how great the economy's doing right now, let's just remember when this recovery started", he said, recalling that he had inherited a unsafe economic downturn and left office amid a recovery.

Obama also delivered a message via a NowThis video released Saturday urging young people to get out and vote.

Barack Obama headlined his first campaign rally of 2018 in Anaheim, Calif. Saturday, following a stinging speech on Friday in which he criticized current US president Donald Trump.

Had Democrats won control of Congress two year ago, he jeered, "instead of having 4.2 up, I believe, honestly, we'd have 4.2 down".

He addressed the student body of the University of IL, stating that they happened to be coming of age at a time when the backlash against American progress was overwhelming, and that most of said backlash spawned from those with power and privilege who wanted to maintain their status through polarization and division.

Obama also accused Republicans of giving tax cuts to the rich, taking away healthcare from millions, and rejecting scientific facts behind climate change.

"By the time I left office, household income was near its all-time high, and the uninsured rate hit an all-time low, poverty rates were falling", Obama said. Obama's point is that this, while less abnormal than Trump's deranged-emperor routine, is not normal, either.

President Obama is expected to deliver a similar message in Cleveland on Thursday, when he campaigns on behalf of Richard Cordray, the Democratic nominee for OH governor, and other Democrats.

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