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Obama speaks out against Trump and attacks 'politics of fear and resentment'

07 September, 2018, 22:58 | Author: Melinda Barton
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In an unusually blistering attack on his successor, Obama said Americans were living in risky times and accused Republicans of threatening democracy, dividing the country, undermining global alliances and cozying up to Russian Federation.

"It should not be a partisan issue to say that we do not pressure the attorney general or the Federal Bureau of Investigation to use the criminal justice system as a cudgel to punish our political opponents".

"I want every single one of you to host events in your community to get registered and to get them fired up", she said in a conference call with organizers Wednesday, when she announced events she would attend later this month in Las Vegas and Miami.

During his remarks, Obama also criticized Republicans in Congress who seem "utterly unwilling" to stand up to Trump and "safeguard the institutions that make our democracies work". "He is a symptom, not the cause", said Obama.

"They'll promise to clean up corruption and then plunder away; they start to undermine norms that insure accountability and try to chance the rules to enhance their power, and appeal to racial nationalism that is barely veiled".

Obama criticized Trump for politicizing the Department of Justice, unwinding the social safety net and busting the budget with a tax-cut bill he said would exacerbate inequality. "The biggest threat to our democracy is cynicism".

"I'm sorry, I watched it, but I fell asleep", he said. "I found he's very good for sleeping".

Former president Barack Obama has accused his successor of "capitalising on resentments" in his first major speech since he left the White House.


Obama had so far been reluctant to publicly criticise his successor, although last week he appeared to chide Trump, without naming him, in a eulogy for the late Republican Senator John McCain.

He called for "a restoration of honesty and decency and lawfulness in our government".

"What happened to the Republican party?".

Republicans shrugged off Obama's criticism.

To avoid such traps, Obama in his post-presidency has chosen his spots carefully, opting to do targeted robo-calls previous year to support Democratic Sen.

"We're supposed to stand up to discrimination, and we're sure as heck supposed to stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathizers", Obama said. President Trump has warned his supporters that if they don't turn up to the voting booth, he could be impeached.

"If it does happen, it's your fault, because you didn't go out to vote. OK?"

"When you hear how great the economy's doing right now, let's just remember when this recovery started", he said.

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