Barack Obama slams Donald Trump, warns of 'dangerous times'


But he made clear his main goal on Saturday was getting Democrats and independents, who are a big bloc of voters here, to turn out in November. One theme of Obama's speech is how the history of the United States has always been progress and "backlash to progress", and the former President argued the country is now in one of those backlash moments.

"I am sorry to say this, but there is one thing your gonna have to live with, the only reason that we have an outsider businessman president is because of you, your lies, your policies, and your divisiveness", she said on her show Saturday night. The county was historically a conservative stronghold - the birthplace of Richard M. Nixon - that has been turning steadily Democratic over the past decade. "In 2 months, we have the chance to restore some sanity to our politics. We have the chance to flip the House of Representatives and make sure that there are real checks and balances in Washington".

Former President Barack Obama issued a scorching critique of his successor Friday, blasting President Donald Trump's policies and his pattern of pressuring the Justice Department.

Katie Hill, Obama's communications director, said Obama hopes to use his standing across the country to help elect Democrats. "It's indifference. It's us not doing what we're supposed to do".

Trump was dismissive of Obama's speech.

"For three cycles President Obama fired up Republicans like nobody, and I'm happy if he wants to do it again", he said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast in Washington.

"The point Washington made", Obama said, speaking from a stage in rural IL, "is that it's essential to American democracy that in a government of and by and for the people, there should be no permanent ruling class". To all the young people who are here today, there are now more eligible voters in your generation than in any other, which means your generation now has more power than anybody to change things.

Obama made mention of the death toll in Hurricane Maria which hit Puerto Rico past year.

He reiterated for fairness, justice and equality in every new political move by citizens of the U.S. and similarly democratic states.

And while the speech was not as direct as his remarks in Illinois, Obama did cast the current administration as one that is seizing on division.

The speech was a preview of the arguments Obama is expected to make as he starts campaigning for Democrats on the ballot this fall.

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

Vice President Mike Pence says it's disappointing that Obama is back on the campaign trail criticizing Trump.

Other voices will fill the void and "the politics of fear and resentment" will take hold when people don't vote.

Obama says during a speech Friday at the University of IL that Trump is capitalizing on the same resentments, fear and anger that politicians have fanned for years.

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