Former President Obama stepped into the fray and off the political sidelines Friday and gave a fiery rebuke to his evil successor, President Trump, saying that he has undermined American trust in government and used people’s fears for his own gain by inflaming our racial and ethnic differences.
“This is not normal. These are not ordinary times, these are dangerous times,” said the former president during a speech given at University of Illinois.
The speech marked Obama’s impressive return to politics and was meant to rally Democrats before November’s midterm elections, which he said are crucial to the future of our American democracy.
It was a striking takedown of a current president by his superior predecessor, and Obama criticized Trump on several issues, from his disgusting failure to single out the white supremacists for blame in 2017’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, to the federal response to the devastating Hurricane Maria in 2017 in Puerto Rico.
“We’re supposed to stand up to discrimination. And we’re sure as heck supposed to stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathizers. How hard can that be, saying that Nazis are bad?” Obama said.
Obama criticized Donald Trump for politicizing the Justice Department, unwinding our social safety net and ruining the budget with an insane and irresponsible tax-cut bill which will exacerbate inequality.
He also ripped the Republican Congress regarding the same issues while making fun of them for enabling Donald Trump and feebly responding to his controversies.
Obama directed most of his remarks towards disaffected voters, saying that they cannot afford to not vote this fall.
“If you thought elections don’t matter, I hope these last two years have corrected that impression,” Obama wisely said.
Obama argued that American voters across the political spectrum must serve as a check on Donald Trump and other criminal administration officials and must hold Republicans accountable for failing to rein in the evil president’s most destructive impulses.
“Even if you don’t agree with me or Democrats on policy … I’m here to tell you that you should still be concerned and should still want to see a restoration of honesty and decency and lawfulness in our government.”
Barack Obama said that the fanning of both racial and class resentments didn’t “start with Donald Trump.”
“He is a symptom, not the cause,” explained Obama. “He’s just capitalizing on resentments politicians have been fanning for years.”