Barack Obama says Trump is ‘the symptom, not the cause’ of division

Barack Obama says Trump is ‘the symptom, not the cause’ of division

Barack Obama says Trump is ‘the symptom, not the cause’ of division

Obama's speech at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign was delivered less than two months before USA midterm elections that could determine the course of Trump's presidency.

While in his speech, Obama did not bash Trump directly, he did make some digs that could only be attributed to the current president.

Obama also said that the message would not just be focused on die-hard Democrats.

"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", he said to cheers.

It was clear in the audience, however, that most attendees believed Trump was the biggest threat.

The former U.S. leader has a long rivalry with Trump, and the incumbent was key proponent of the conspiracy theory that Obama was not born in the U.S., which if true would have rendered him ineligible to hold office.

He campaigned for seven California Democrats in competitive House district races.

The former president is expected to be a fixture on the campaign trail this fall, notes CBS News.

"Some of you may think I am exaggerating when I say these November elections are more important than any in our lifetime", he said. "That unfortunately has been a spiral that we have been on for the last couple of years".

The speech was "something different", said Esther Castaneda, 34, a small business owner from Orange, California.

In an unusual move, President Barack Obama shrugged off his reluctance to step back into the political fray Friday to pillory Trump, congressional Republicans and the MAGA philosophy as a whole.

"And you happen to be coming of age during one of those moments", he continued.

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.

"Don't tell me your vote doesn't matter", he said.

Obama also criticized recent Republican policy moves such as the $1.5 trillion in tax cuts that ballooned the nation's budget deficit, but which party leaders hoped would be a winning issue during midterm campaigns.

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

He noted that he doesn't anticipate Obama getting into a "small-hand, name-calling kind of thing" that Trump would relish in.

Next week, Obama plans to campaign in Ohio for Richard Cordray, the Democratic nominee for governor, and Ohio Democrats.

Cox, Democrats' nominee in CA-21, said that optimism was misplaced, and action necessary. "He says 'people feel unsettled, people feel scared", and they're anxious about their children's future.

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