Trump Swipes at Obama Speech: ‘I Fell Asleep’

Trump Swipes at Obama Speech: ‘I Fell Asleep’

Trump Swipes at Obama Speech: ‘I Fell Asleep’

Obama called Trump "the symptom, not the cause" of division and polarization in the U.S.

"They'll promise to clean up corruption and then plunder away; they start to undermine norms that insure accountability and try to chance the rules to enhance their power, and appeal to racial nationalism that is barely veiled".

In fact, the previous POTUS went ahead and used Trump's name in the speech, something he's never done before after his time in the White House was over.

The timing of the speech produced a remarkable split-screen, where all three cable news networks carried Obama's remarks live at the same time Trump made comments aboard Air Force One that underlined his predecessor's concerns.

"You happen to be coming of age during one of those moments", Obama said. He said the biggest threat to democracy isn't Trump but "indifference". "I found that he's very, very good for sleeping".

Trump infamously responded to these protests by saying that there was "blame on both sides".

Former President of America Barack Obama has torn into Donald Trump, claiming that he is "capitalising on resentment".

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Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Ahrens said in a statement that more Obama wouldn't help the Democrats. "He's just capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years, the fear and anger that's rooted in our past". "How hard can that be, saying Nazis are bad?"

Former Vice President Joe Biden lauded Obama's remarks.

Obama had so far been reluctant to publicly criticise his successor, although last week he appeared to chide Trump, without naming him, in a eulogy for the late Republican Senator John McCain. We're supposed to stand up to discrimination. "It's radical. It's a vision that says the protection of our power and those who back us is all that matters even when it hurts the country".

"Some of you may think I am exaggerating when I say these November elections are more important than any in our lifetime", he said. He attempted to connect Trump's views with the members of the Republican Party as a whole, particularly on Russian Federation, and noted how far the GOP had seemed to stray from its roots.

Noting the history of former presidents avoiding the rough and tumble of politics, Obama acknowledged his sharp critique of Trump was something of a departure from tradition.

"I'm sorry, I watched it, but I fell asleep", he said.

Obama will hit the campaign trail on Saturday, appearing at a campaign event in Southern California before heading to OH next week and to IL and Pennsylvania later in the month.

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