Barack Obama Rebukes Donald Trump Publicly For First Time

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Speaking at the University of IL where he accepted an award for ethics in government, Obama foreshadowed the themes he is expected to take to the campaign trail in the coming weeks while stumping for Democrats before the November midterm elections. He said Friday that the elections are needed to be a check on Trump and what the Republican Party has become - filled with racial resentment and conspiracy theorists, Obama said. This is Campaign Barack.

Its anonymous author, described as a senior Trump administration official, claimed to be with working colleagues to protect the country from the current president's "worst inclinations".

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

Man we missed this guy... More often its manufactured by the powerful and privileged who want to keep us divided and angry and cynical, because it helps maintain the status quo and them to keep their power.

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"Let's just remember when this economy started" improving, he said. "He's just capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years, the fear and anger that's rooted in our past". "We are Americans. We're supposed to stand up to bullies, not follow them", he said to applause. And we're sure as heck supposed to stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathizers. "How hard can that be, saying that Nazis are bad?" he said.

"We're supposed to stand up to discrimination", Obama said.

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.

Trump has previously accused Obama and his administration, without evidence, of illegally spying on his campaign while investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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Obama had so far been reluctant to publicly criticise his successor, although last week he appeared to chide Trump, without naming him, in a eulogy for the late Republican Senator John McCain.

Obama stepped back into the political fray Friday, delivering a speech at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign. GOP challengers hit Dems over tax votes Obama to hit campaign trail in Ohio, California MORE, his office said. "Doubling down on that strategy won't work in 2018 either", he said.

His step back into the political arena offered a preview of his message for the fall's midterms. She will headline voter registration rallies in Las Vegas and Miami later in September as part of a week of action by When We All Vote, the new nonpartisan organization that she co-chairs.

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