Obama accuses Trump & Republicans of 'abuses of power'

Barack Obama gives speech today as he receives ethics award — watch live stream, live updates

Barack Obama gives speech today as he receives ethics award — watch live stream, live updates

Former President Barack Obama is adding his voice to the Democrats' midterm push with an address at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign on Friday.

For the first time in a public speech leaving office, Obama publicly said the words, "Donald Trump" -- twice, though he made no mention of his title as the nation's president.

During a speech at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign on Friday, Obama said the country is in a "backlash" moment.

Appearing on Fox News after Obama's speech, Mercedes Schlapp (White House senior advisor for strategic communications) claimed that Obama was falsely taking credit for Trump's economic accomplishments. Obama is likely to be less helpful in some of the most competitive Senate races playing out in states Trump won. "I found he's very good for sleeping".

The remarks served as Obama's first steps into the political fray ahead of the fall campaign. "These people aren't elected", Obama said in a speech at the University of IL at Urbana Champaign.

Former President Barack Obama charged back into electoral politics today with a detailed critique of President Donald Trump's style of governing, warning of dire consequences if American voters stand on the sidelines in the November election.

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FILE - President Donald Trump talks with Judge Brett Kavanaugh his Supreme Court nominee, and his family in the East Room of the White House, July 9, 2018.

But he fiercely repudiated the brand of Republicanism being practiced in the Trump era, citing the White House and Congress' refusal to punish Russian Federation harshly for interfering in the 2016 election, and of rapidly expanding the federal deficit. "Suddenly deficits do not matter", Obama said. Not follow them. We're supposed to stand up to discrimination, and we're sure as heck supposed to stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathizers.

That speech, in the eyes of Obama's team, was not a preview of the former President's midterm message.

"When We All Vote" is housed in an organization called Civic Advisors, which also handles several post presidential programs Michelle Obama is involved in.

The Illinois speech, in which Obama referred to the "state of our democracy", was created to deliver a message for Democrats for the coming midterm elections. As Obama noted, the supposed fiscal conservatism that Republicans cited as the reason they couldn't compromise disappeared overnight when they took power: "This is supposed to be the party of fiscal conservatism". Obama's speech castigated Trump as the product of a party that long ago went mad.

Next Thursday, Obama leads a rally in Cleveland for Ohio governor candidate Richard Cordray and other Ohio Democrats.

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

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