Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Money | By Arnold Ball

Obama demands return to 'sanity' in politics in second swipe at Trump

Obama demands return to 'sanity' in politics in second swipe at Trump

The speech kicked off Obama's campaigning on behalf of fellow Democrats ahead of the midterm elections.

Mr Obama told a large and enthusiastic crowd in Anaheim, California - in the traditionally Republican stronghold of Orange County - that the nation was "in a challenging moment". "There is actually only one check on bad policy and abuses of power, and that's you and your vote", Obama said.

And the other comments Obama made at a Democratic rally in California didn't appear to impress Pirro either.

'We have the chance ... to restore some semblance of sanity to our politics.

With the adulation lavished on Obama's speech in IL on Friday, where he repeatedly took shots at Trump, saying Trump's Twitter feed is nothing more than an "electronic versions of bread and circuses", insiders worry Obama's return could throw Trump off his game.

In response to Obama's critique, Trump claims to have fallen asleep while watching the speech.

Obama is also planning campaign trips to Pennsylvania in September, an Obama official said, as well as a NY fundraiser for the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, an organization led by former Attorney General Eric Holder, Obama's longtime friend. "It's indifference. It's us not doing what we're supposed to do". When Obama began to describe what he thought was the biggest issue, a man in the audience yelled, "Trump".

The seven Democrat House seats have each been identified by Democrats as critical in the party's efforts to flip the House back to a Democrat majority - and to re-install House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as Speaker.

Obama also accused Republicans of giving tax cuts to the rich, taking away healthcare from millions, and rejecting scientific facts behind climate change.

He also criticised Mr Trump's response to the violence a year ago at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that resulted in the death of one person.

The speech was a preview of the argument that Mr Obama is likely to make until the U.S. midterm elections in November.

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"Just a glance at recent headlines should tell you this moment really is different", Obama said.

'It did not start with Donald Trump, he's a symptom, not the cause. "A fear and anger that's rooted in our past but also borne out of the enormous upheavals that have taken place in your brief lifetimes".

His overarching message in both speeches, however, was the complaining does nothing when people don't vote.

Regarding the op-ed, Obama said: "That's not how our democracy is supposed to work".

He ended the speech by saying he believed in them and promising he'll be "right there with you every step of the way".

Outside Saturday's event there were around 18 pro-Trump demonstrators, with one woman wearing a "Make California Great Again" shirt, borrowing from Trump's campaign slogan.

"Because in the end, the threat to our democracy doesn't just come from Donald Trump or the current batch of Republicans in congress or the Koch brothers and their lobbyists or too much compromise from Democrats or Russian hacking", Obama said.

The only thing they have to do, Obama said, is "show up".

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

UPDATE: 2:47 P.M.: This article was updated with a statement from the Republican National Committee. "And I'm happy he wants to do it again".

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