Obama takes his anti-Trump message to Orange County, California

Obama takes his anti-Trump message to Orange County, California

Obama takes his anti-Trump message to Orange County, California

"Over the past few decades, the politics of division, of resentment and paranoia has unfortunately found a home in the Republican Party", Obama said."It did not start with Donald Trump".

But from the start of his 23-minute speech, Mr. Obama, wearing a white shirt with an open collar, made clear he had set himself a different task: He was there to promote the candidacies of Democrats here and across the country trying to win Republican seats.

Appearing in Southern California on Saturday, the former president took another swipe at his successor as he raised his profile campaigning for fellow Democrats to regain control of the House.

Obama continued: "And when people don't participate, then that vacuum is filled by lobbyists and special interests and we get into a downward spiral where people get more and more discouraged and they think nothing's going to make a difference".

"Obama has Trump Derangement Syndrome". "And if you thought elections don't matter, I hope these last two years have corrected the impression". "You, Barack. You elected Donald Trump".

"Some of you may think I am exaggerating when I say this election is more important than any I can remember in my lifetime", Obama said in a speech at the University of IL.

"You happen to be coming of age" amid backlash to progress, Obama told the students at University of IL at Urbana-Champaign.

On Friday, the former president castigated President Trump and the Republican Party over its brand of politics at a public appearance at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign.

"If we don't step up, things can get worse", former president Obama told the cheering crowd. "Doubling down on that strategy won't work in 2018 either", he said.

Obama's office announced his first round of endorsements earlier this year and the official said his second round will be released in coming weeks.

The only thing they have to do, Obama said, is "show up". He will spend this Saturday in California stumping for seven congressional candidates at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee event and will head to OH next week to campaign for gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray.

UPDATE: 2:47 P.M.: This article was updated with a statement from the Republican National Committee.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday told attendees at a Democratic rally that the United States government "is a government for everybody". "I complained plenty about Fox News, but you never heard me threaten to shut them down, or call them enemies of the people", he said.

Obama says there are no problems that can't be solved if "we're working together and we're true to the traditions that are the best in America".

This content was republished with permission from CNN.

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