Barack Obama Rebukes Donald Trump Publicly For First Time

Barack Obama Rebukes Donald Trump Publicly For First Time

He blasted the "politics of fear" and said "the only way we reverse anger and division is when citizens step up to say 'we're going to do things differently'". "Other voices (will) fill the void". Marco Rubio's presidential campaign in 2016, said Obama's publicity tour was "a gift to Republicans".

He went on to attack the administration's repeal of climate change legislation, saying: "They've made it so that the only nation on earth to pull out of the global climate agreement, it's not North Korea, it's not Syria, it's not Russian Federation or Saudi Arabia".

Obama's speech was a preview of the arguments he will make on the campaign trail - partly in an attempt to reach out to voters in parts of the country he won in 2012, but which voted for Trump in 2016. "We have a chance to flip the House of Representatives".

There was no immediate reaction from Trump, who, in remarks to a crowd in North Dakota, took Obama's speech Friday in stride.

"It did not start with Donald Trump".

Obama, who is 57, said the greatest threat to U.S. democracy comes not from any single individual, or even from any group of billionaires seeking to dominate the nation's politics.

Six of the seven Democratic congressional candidates the rally is being held on behalf of were in attendance.

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On Saturday, Obama didn't mention Trump once and, instead, told Democrats that the problems in Washington are bigger than one person. Despite previously indicating that he would follow that norm, Obama broke with tradition on September 7 with a speech kicking off his campaign blitz to help Democrats regain control of Congress in the 2018 midterm elections. Or Obama's own comment in 2008 about how working class voters in industrial towns "get bitter" and "cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations". Lindsey Graham, an ally and sometimes critic of Trump said in a statement after the speech.

Obama told the students in the audience that they were coming of age during a pivotal moment, one in which the "powerful and the privileged" were fighting hard to maintain the status quo that keeps them comfortable.

"There is a phrase that we used to use [when I was governor] for staff that acted this way, and it's called 'we know better, '" Paterson said.

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

"You desperately tried to defeat Trump and it didn't work", she said. After a particularly brutal loss in the 2010 midterms - 63 House seats and six Senate seats - Obama said the party had received a "shellacking".

Having devoted most of his time since leaving office to writing his memoirs and setting up his presidential foundation in Chicago, Obama will be back in the limelight in coming weeks with campaign stops planned in California Saturday, and OH on Thursday.

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