Trump Punches Back After Obama Attacked Him In Speech

Trump Punches Back After Obama Attacked Him In Speech

The speech, which can be viewed live below, is taking place at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign, and is expected to have many Democratic Senators and Congressmen in attendance, including Senator Dick Durbin (D) of IL.

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

Since leaving office in January 2017, Obama has largely refrained from directly criticizing Trump or his administration.

"When there is a vacuum in our democracy, when we don't vote, when we take our basic rights and freedoms for granted, the politics of fear and resentment and retrenchment takes hold".

"He's just capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years", he said.

Obama also said standing up to discrimination should be a bipartisan effort, adding "How hard can that be, saying that Nazis are bad?" Trump said. "Because we get things done".

"We are Americans: we're supposed to stand up to bullies, not follow them".

In a notable moment that seemed made for a split screen television, nearly at the same time Obama was issuing these remarks, Trump was telling reporters on Air Force One he wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate the anonymous author of the op-ed. "That is not a check".

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"That is not a check, I'm being serious here. That is not how our democracy is supposed to work". It's one of the main reasons the Tea Party movement was born and why Republicans retook the House in historic action in 2010.

Obama and Trump have not talked since the inauguration, a source tells CNN.

However, the data, in fact, show that Obama oversaw a steady, if somewhat disappointing, economic recovery, and those trends have continued in Trump's first term. 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. "The speech will lay down a frame and his message for fall". Obama asked an auditorium packed with college students who greeted him with a roaring standing ovation.

Obama has spent much of 2018 away from the political fray, focusing on writing his book and raising money for his post-presidency foundation.

Those districts are central to Democratic prospects of trying to secure a net gain of 23 seats needed to take control of the U.S. House.

In his speech, Obama criticized the divisive politics of the Trump era, decrying attacks on the freedom of the press, the justice system, and numerous other controversies.

But on Friday, Obama offered his most pointed indictment of the political climate that has formed under the watch of Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress. Next week, he'll return to the campaign trail in OH to campaign for Richard Cordray and other Democrats.

UPDATE: 2:47 P.M.: This article was updated with a statement from the Republican National Committee.

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