Making his first major campaign foray into the 2018 midterm elections on Saturday, former President Barack Obama urged voters to elect seven Democratic candidates in California, telling the crowd they have a chance to "restore some sanity in our politics". In the social media targeted clip, he said that "basic norms and principles" have been "increasingly violated" and pushed young people to get out and vote.
"This is a consequential moment in our history". "I'm sorry to say this, but there's one thing you're going to have to live with: the only reason we have an outsider businessman president, is because of you, your lies, your policies and your divisiveness".
"The good news is in two months we have some chance to restore some sanity in our politics. We have a chance to flip the House of Representatives".
The speech, to students at a university in IL, is said to have been the former President's biggest condemnation of Republicans in Washington, and the first time he has publicly criticised Trump by name in a speech.
However, given Obama's less-than-stellar track record at unity - millions of Americans would argue Obama is directly responsible for much of today's division - Sen.
Obama also said that the message would not just be focused on die-hard Democrats. "It is us not doing what we're supposed to do", he said. "The biggest threat to our democracy is indifference".
He went on to attack the administration's repeal of climate change legislation, saying: "They've made it so that the only nation on earth to pull out of the global climate agreement, it's not North Korea, it's not Syria, it's not Russian Federation or Saudi Arabia".
Four years later, the Republicans picked up nine Senate seats and 13 House seats.
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"Sending Obama out on the campaign trail forces every single red state Democrat to defend the failures of the Obama presidency", noted national GOP spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany in an opinion piece for Fox News.
"He is a re-energizer for progressives who care about what's at stake and a reminder for independents that we can have a President who isn't an embarrassment to the country", said Jesse Ferguson, a Democratic strategist who worked on Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign.
Had Democrats won control of Congress two year ago, he jeered, "instead of having 4.2 up, I believe, honestly, we'd have 4.2 down".
The speech called for citizens to take it upon themselves to "do it differently".
In response to Obama's critique, Trump claims to have fallen asleep while watching the speech.
Obama avoided direct jabs at Donald Trump, sidestepping mentioning the president by name.
His comments come as Obama delivered a speech damning Donald Trump for "capitalising on resentment that politicians have been fanning for years". "A fear, an anger that is rooted in our past but is also borne in our enormous upheavals that have taken place in your brief lifetimes". "It works for me". He said it immediately after a description of the Republican Party's party-wide agenda of making voting more hard for marginalized constituencies, rejecting science, or encouraging the Benghazi-birtherism mania that flourished under his watch.
Vice President Mike Pence acknowledged old President Barack Obama's criticism would procedure a honest distinction between Democrats and Republicans within the advertising and marketing and marketing campaign.