Barack Obama Slams Donald Trump In Speech - 'He's Capitalizing On Resentment'

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The former president's speech, one he said he'd never give after leaving the White House, was well received among the many celebrities who have launched a full-fledged resistance to Trump's presidency.

"Over the past few decades, the politics of division and resentment and paranoia has unfortunately found a home in the Republican party", Obama said in his speech.

Former Obama communications director Dan Pfeiffer said on CNN that Obama can effectively reach voters in parts of the country he won in 2012, but which voted for Trump in 2016.

The former president is following up his address by campaigning tomorrow with Democratic candidates running to flip Republican House seats in Southern California's Orange County, a traditionally conservative-leaning area where Republicans are at risk of losing several House seats.

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From this profound analytical error has followed a second one: that Donald Trump represents a sudden departure from the Republican Party's character. John McCain, Obama delivered a speech seen as a jab at Trump.

"I'm sorry, I watched it, but I fell asleep", Trump said at a campaign appearance in Fargo, North Dakota.

Obama's return to the political spotlight came at the University of IL at Champaign-Urbana Friday.

Meanwhile, former first lady Michelle Obama is taking a bit of a different approach by not directly campaigning for Democrats but doing voter registration for the midterms and beyond through the newly created "When We All Vote".

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But he fiercely repudiated the brand of Republicanism being practiced in the Trump era, citing the White House and Congress' refusal to punish Russian Federation harshly for interfering in the 2016 election, and of rapidly expanding the federal deficit.

To avoid such traps, Obama in his post-presidency has chosen his spots carefully, opting to do targeted robo-calls previous year to support Democratic Sen.

That speech, in the eyes of Obama's team, was not a preview of the former President's midterm message. Republicans passed a tax bill that exploded the deficit by $1.5 trillion, Obama noted. They aren't accountable."They're not doing us a service by actively promoting 90 per cent of the insane stuff that's coming out of this White House and then saying, 'Don't worry, we're preventing the other 10 per cent.' That's not how things are supposed to work".

Michelle Obama's book, "Becoming", goes on sale November 13 - exactly a week after election day.

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