Obama rebukes Trump's 'radical' politics of 'fear'

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Mr Obama also jabbed Mr Trump on the issue the current president frequently heralds as one of his greatest achievements: the strong economy.

The speech was a preview of the argument that Mr Obama is likely to make until the USA midterm elections in November.

Trump brought up the former president's speech again while he was dancing on the grave of Obamacare's individual mandate, which Republicans eliminated in their tax bill. He said, "Trump is just capitalising on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years".

"You, Barack, you elected Donald Trump".

Trump meanwhile said he fell asleep during the former president's speech, and said Democrats would have caused a negative GDP growth.

"He is a re-energizer for progressives who care about what's at stake and a reminder for independents that we can have a President who isn't an embarrassment to the country", said Jesse Ferguson, a Democratic strategist who worked on Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign. "We've seen basic norms and principles that have served us well for decades increasingly violated", Obama said.

Obama, who has already issued a list of 81 endorsements, is expected to issue a second round of them ahead of the midterms.

Speaking about the Democrat campaign, Mr Obama said to loud cheers: "We're going to put on our marching shoes, we're going to start knocking on some doors, we're going to start making some calls".

Obama has been playing an active role in the lead up to November's midterm elections. In California, the former president touched on themes of retirement security, climate change and education. The event officially ended Obama's absence from the campaign trail, a months-long void that has angered some Democrats who believe he is not engaging in a political fight where he could be helpful.

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

"And we're sure as heck supposed to stand up to Nazi sympathizers", Obama said, referring to Trump's comment that there was blame on "both sides" ata white nationalist rally a year ago in Charlottesville, Va. And we sure as heck are supposed to stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathizers. But it is widely accepted - and has been reinforced by primary turnout across the country - that Democrats have been revved up since the day after Trump's inauguration. "I found that he's very, very good for sleeping".

"If you're a patriot and you like the course America is on, just ignore them, get behind this president, and vote", she told her viewers. And in a healthy democracy, it doesn't work.

Former President Barack Obama attends a campaign event Saturday in Anaheim, California, for Democratic congressional candidates.

He also criticized Trump's response to the violence past year at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that resulted in the death of a counter-protester.

"Don't tell me your vote doesn't matter", he said in IL. He said immigrants are "much more moderate in their views", he said, leading them to register Democratic.

"You can not sit back and wait for a savior", Obama said.

Former President Barack Obama says November midterm elections give Americans "a chance to restore some sanity in our politics".

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