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

Obama calls midterm votes urgent in rebuke of Trump 'Our democracy depends on it'

"It's truly exciting to welcome President Obama to Southern California, and I welcome the opportunity to campaign alongside him and energize voters ahead of the final two months of the campaign", Cisneros said in a statement. Obama said that's not how democracy is supposed to work.

Obama said, "Just take a glance at recent headlines should tell you this moment really is different, the stakes really are higher".

Obama also implied in his speech on Friday that Trump and his supporters do not think Nazis are bad, asking, "We are supposed to stand up to discrimination".

Republicans say voters will not find Mr Obama's argument appealing.

Obama's re-emergence comes as both parties are girding for a November election widely seen as a referendum on President Donald Trump.

He said that Trump isn't the biggest threat to Americans - it's indifference.

But Obama contended the current state of politics conducted by Republicans in an era of increased technology and economic inequality has been "manufactured by the powerful and the privileged who want to keep us divided and keep us angry and keep us cynical because that helps them maintain the status quo and keep their power and keep their privilege". "We have the chance to flip the House of Representatives and make sure that there are real checks and balances in Washington".

But, Obama added, when there is a vacuum in democracy, "other voices fill the void".

"That is not a check", Obama said.

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In his first major political speech since leaving the White House, Obama made a lengthy appeal to voters across the U.S. to restore "a healthy democracy", and denounced the tactics employed by Trump and Republicans in Washington as an unprecedented threat to the country's future. "You need to vote because our democracy depends on it", he told the students in attendance. "It is us not doing what we're supposed to do", he said. He's expected to hold a rally with OH gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray Thursday, and with seven Democratic House candidates in California Saturday.

The message comes a day after Obama delivered a scathing critique of President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Washington at the University of IL at Champaign-Urbana.

The former president said he rejects the politics of fear and division and said all people deserve equal treatment.

Obama delivered a speech at the University of IL urging young people to participate in the 2018 midterm elections.

The Republican National Committee, for its part, responded to Obama's speech by saying, "President Obama stepped back into the spotlight to make the case that our country is on the wrong track".

Obama's return is not without some downsides for Democrats, as a Republican senator pointed out.

Mr Obama's campaign activity will continue through October and will include fundraising appearances, according to an Obama adviser.

The greatest threat to American democracy, the former president said, is not Donald Trump, Republicans in Congress, the Koch brothers, too much compromise from Democrats, or Russian hacking - the biggest threat to American democracy is cynicism. Pirro said. "How dare you!"

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