Pence calls Obama's criticism of Trump 'very disappointing'

Obama: Trump Is 'a Symptom, Not the Cause'

"Other voices (will) fill the void".

"In two months we have the chance, not the certainty, but the chance to restore some semblance of sanity to our politics".

Earlier this week, an unnamed White House official penned a New York Times opinion piece, claiming the president's worst impulses were tempered by "adults in the room", who ensured he did not act to the detriment of the United States on issues such as foreign policy.

On Friday, Obama said in a speech to students at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign that Trump is a "threat to our democracy" who is banking on the "politics of fear and resentment", The New York Times and other organizations reported.

Trump's response to Obama's speech?

"Donald Trump is one of the biggest threats to our democracy?" "We are supposed to stand up to discrimination and we are sure as heck to stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathisers", Obama said in an apparent reference to Trump saying there were "fine people on both sides" after the white supremacist protests in Charlottesville.

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Former U.S. President Barack Obama has been traveling across the country, giving speech after speech supporting the Democratic Party as the November mid-term elections loom closer.

"President Obama believes the solution to our long-term challenges can be best addressed when we all fully participate in our democracy". "That unfortunately has been a spiral that we have been on for the last couple of years". Lindsey Graham, an ally and sometimes critic of Trump said in a statement after the speech.

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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.

"We're in a challenging moment", Obama told a crowd of hundreds at the Anaheim Convention Center. "It did not start with Donald Trump", said Obama, per CNN.

"There are people out there right now that are counting on us to make sure they still have health care after this election", Obama said. "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".

"I wish he had gone a little harder on Trump", said Lee Rice, 73, an electrician from Oakdale in California's central valley.

Former President Barack Obama speaks to students at the University of Illinois where he accepted the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government on September 7, 2018 in Urbana, Illinois.

Republicans say they aren't concerned. "And I'm happy he wants to do it again".

Obama has maintained a low public profile since leaving office, but with midterm elections coming in November, he spoke Saturday at an Anaheim, California, rally in support of Democratic candidates in districts won by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Cox, Democrats' nominee in CA-21, said that optimism was misplaced, and action necessary.

She said that the reason America has an "outsider business man" president like Trump is, in fact, because of Obama.

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