Previewing his midterm campaign message, former President Barack Obama on Friday launched a direct attack on President Donald Trump and Republicans, and called on Americans to "restore some semblance of sanity to our politics" by voting.
In his most direct speech since leaving the White House in early 2017, Obama took aim at President Donald Trump, the White House circus, oligarchs influencing policy with their enormous wealth and - for a moment - our TV watching habits.
Former US President Barack Obama has criticised Donald Trump's weak response to neo-Nazis after the Charlotesville riots and warned of "dangerous, extraordinary times".
He told students at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign that they are coming of age during a time when the powerful and privileged are pushing back on America's ideals.
President Donald Trump has been a busy boy today, calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate the author of this week's op-ed assuring Americans there is resistance inside the Trump administration. "He is a symptom, not the cause", Obama said. "He's just capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years, the fear and anger that's rooted in our past".
A point this ethics award makes as Trump's administration grapples with an avalanche of scandals and Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe: Obama's two terms were relatively scandal free.
"I'm sorry, I watched it, but I fell asleep", Mr Trump said at a campaign appearance in Fargo, North Dakota.
But, Obama added, when there is a vacuum in democracy, "other voices fill the void". What happened to the Republican Party?
"If you don't like what's going on right now, and you shouldn't - do not - complain", Obama said.
Last month, Obama released a first round of endorsements - 81 candidates up and down the ballot - and there will be a second round of endorsements and additional campaign activity in advance of the midterms, according to his office.
Now, as 2018 midterm campaign season gets underway, it's likely a very public Trump-versus-Obama showdown becomes a defining storyline of the year.
Appearing on Fox News after Obama's speech, Mercedes Schlapp (White House senior advisor for strategic communications) claimed that Obama was falsely taking credit for Trump's economic accomplishments.
Hindraker observed that a Democratic Congress never would have passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, noting not a single Democrat voted for it, and Hillary Clinton never would have signed it.
Breitbart.com contributor Joel B. Pollak not only attacked Obama in a September 7 critique of the speech, but also, the University of IL itself.
Republican National Committee spokeswoman Ellie Hockenbury released a statement after Obama's speech contending the 2016 election was America's verdict on the Obama economy. "And we're sure as heck supposed to stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathisers". "There is actually only one check on bad policy and abuses of power, and that's you and your vote".
"If it (impeachment) does happen, it's your fault, because you didn't go out to vote. OK?"
He also criticized Trump's response to the violence past year at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that resulted in the death of one person.