Obama tries to demonize Trump voters, following Hillary’s losing strategy

Foellinger on Friday

Foellinger on Friday

Mr Obama acknowledged his sharp critique of Trump was something of a departure from tradition, noting the history of former presidents avoiding the rough and tumble of politics.

While the former president will be visible throughout the general election, the adviser said that Obama will not be a daily presence on the campaign trail.

"Obama is a great messenger to get them to vote for Democrats", Pfeiffer said. "Your lies, your policies, and your divisiveness".

"It did not start with Donald Trump", he said.

During his speech Friday, Obama warned that there are "dire" consequences to staying on the political sidelines, adding that "powerful and privileged" people want to "keep us angry".

Trump is "just capitalising on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years", the former president said during a speech at the University of IL.

Also worth remembering: midterm elections were not exactly Obama's forte.

The speech as a whole constituted Obama's harshest, most direct rebuke of Trump and his administration since he departed the White House.

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Schauffele was at 13-under 127 and will be paired in the third round Saturday with a familiar figure in Philadelphia . Tiger Woods is tied for 11, five shots behind, but he's projected to only climb one spot in the standings, to No. 24.

Obama said: "If you thought elections don't matter, I hope these past two years have corrected that impression". "And we're sure as heck supposed to stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathisers".

Pence said Obama's criticism would draw a favourable contrast between Democrats and Republicans in the campaign. "I found that he's very, very good for sleeping". However according to journalist Bob Woodward's new book, he later told aides that clarification "was the biggest fucking mistake I've made" and the "worst speech I've ever given".

On his Twitter account, Trump did not respond directly but instead shared tweets attacking Obama, including one which accused him of "slick speaking" and being responsibile for "school shootings".

Obama gave shout-outs to seven Democratic candidates in competitive House districts across California that are considered crucial to the party's efforts to oust Republicans from control.

"I wish he would come more often because he reminds Republicans of eight years of misery", said Republican National Committee member Shawn Steel, who lives in Orange County.

On Saturday, Obama offered what he said was an antidote to political despair - voting. "The best thing the president (Obama) could say is this: Vote, vote, vote".

"The idea that he doesn't take the respect of past presidents - you never saw George Bush going out talking in a campaign", Mr. McCarthy said.

"The stakes are high in this election", Obama warned, referring to the congressional elections that will be seen as a referendum on the presidential administration of Donald Trump and Republican rule in Washington.

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