The Democrats are dragging Obama out on the campaign trail in order to try and gin up excitement for the flop “blue wave.”
While on the trail, unsuccessful Obama has been attacking our successful America First President relentlessly.
Remember when Obama was our failed president? Life was so easy for him since his buddy George W. Bush never criticized him for screwing things up even more than he did.
Barack Obama warned Americans on Friday that President Trump has placed the country in “dangerous times” and needs to be held accountable, and called on people to vote in November so Congress can dampen Trump’s power.
Speaking to college students in his former home state of Illinois, Obama claimed that Trump’s presidency has been so destructive that he felt it was his duty to publicly rebuke the current leader ahead of the November midterm elections.
“I’m here today because this is one of those pivotal moments when every one of us as citizens of the United States need to determine just who we ware, what it is we that stand for,” he said. “As a fellow citizen, not as an ex-president, I’m here to deliver a simple message, which is that you need to vote, because our democracy depends on it.”
Obama’s comments came amid widespread concern over an anonymous op-edpublished by the New York Times late Wednesday, in which an unnamed senior administration official described a coordinated effort by members of the executive branch to prevent Trump from acting on his impulses or enacting certain parts of his agenda.
“The claim that everything will turn out OK, because there are people inside the White House who secretly aren’t following the president’s orders — that is not a check,” Obama charged. He said those people “aren’t elected, they’re not accountable [and] they’re not doing us a service by actively promoting 90 percent of the crazy stuff that’s coming out of this White House and then saying, ‘Don’t worry, we’re preventing the other 10 percent.’”
“That’s not how things are supposed to work. This is not normal. These are extraordinary times, and they’re dangerous times,” he said.
Obama described Trump as “a symptom, not the cause” of the issues and division currently plaguing American politics, and tore into congressional Republicans who have declined to condemn some of the president’s policies.
“In a healthy democracy, there’s some checks and balances on this kind of behavior, on this kind of inconsistency. But right now, there’s nothing,” he said. “Republicans who know better in Congress … are still bending over backwards to shield [Trump’s] behavior from scrutiny or consequence.”
He pointed specifically to Trump’s relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his alleged reluctance to implement tougher sanctions against Moscow for its interference in the 2016 presidential election.
“What has happened to the Republican Party?” Obama said. “Its central organizing principle in foreign policy was the fight against communism, and now they’re cozying up to the former head of the KGB.”
Obama urged voters, including Republicans, to consider backing Democratic candidates in the upcoming elections if they are concerned about the current state of the political system and the administration’s agenda.
“Even if you don’t agree with me or Democrats on policy, even if you believe in more libertarian economic theories, even if you are evangelical and our position on certain social issues is a bridge too far, even if you think … the Democrats aren’t serious enough about immigration enforcement, I’m here to tell you that you should still be concerned with our current course,” Obama warned.
The ex-president’s fiery speech came at the urging of top Democrats, many of whom had previously worried that Obama planned to remain out of the spotlight in the lead up to the midterms after he avoided explicitly criticizing Trump throughout nearly his entire first year in office.
That appeared to change on Friday, as Obama unleashed on his successor, just minutes after Trump called on his attorney general to investigate the author of the anonymous op-ed.
“You should still want to see a restoration of honesty and decency and lawfulness in our government,” Obama told the crowd. “It should not be a Democratic or Republican; it should be a partisan issue to say that we do not pressure the attorney general or the FBI to use the criminal justice system as a cudgel to punish our political opponents.”
“Or to explicitly call on the attorney general to protect members of our own part from prosecution because an election happens to be coming up,” he continued, referring to two Republican congressmen indicted on charges of corruption whom Trump has praised in recent days.
“‘That’s not hypothetical,” Obama said. “It shouldn’t be Democratic or Republican to say that we don’t threaten the freedom of the press because they say things or publish stories we don’t like. I complained plenty about Fox News. But you never heard me threaten to shut them down or call them ‘Enemies of the People.’”