Donald Trump is capitalising on resentment, says former President Barack Obama

US President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Ford Center in Evansville Indiana

According to a report on the reemergence of former President Barack Obama into the public square after giving a scathing speech attacking Donald Trump, White House insiders are anxious that Trump will now become obsessed with going after the former president.

"Trump went to talk about economic gains since he took office".

"You happen to be coming of age", Obama told students at the University of IL at Urbana Champaign. The remarks amounted to a stinging indictment of political life in the Trump era.

Politico reports that insiders claim Trump "has long complained about the fawning coverage and adulation that he believes Obama has received, even after leaving the White House", which has been exacerbated by the president's dismay at the fawning coverage given to the late Sen. "He is a symptom, not the cause".

His comments come as Obama delivered a speech damning Donald Trump for "capitalising on resentment that politicians have been fanning for years". But he said the political moment required a pushback and called for better discourse. "It's as old as time".

"He is calling on "people of good will from across the political spectrum" to "call out the bigots and the fear-mongers". Next week he'll be in OH to campaign for Richard Cordray and other Democrats. "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".

Responding to Obama's address, Trump said he had fallen asleep listening to it.

"He was part of the political elite that created the circumstances that allowed Donald Trump to come through", he said.

"Obama spoke at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign less than two months before midterm elections that could determine the course of Trump's presidency". Obama told the students: "The question is: 'What are you going to do?'" "The stakes really are higher". The president has repeatedly called on Sessions to fire special counsel Robert Mueller and earlier this week blamed the Justice Department for indicting two incumbent Republican members of Congress, arguing the moves could jeopardize their seats.

Obama says, "It should not be a partisan issue to say that we do not pressure the attorney general or the Federal Bureau of Investigation to use the criminal justice system as a cudgel to punish our political opponents, or to explicitly call on the attorney general to protect members of our own party from prosecution because an election happens to be coming up".

"President Donald Trump this week criticized the attorney general for prosecuting two Republican congressmen, saying it will hurt the party in the November elections".

"He says, "I'm not making that up". He said the biggest threat to democracy isn't Trump but "indifference". These people aren't elected.

Former President Barack Obama is stepping into the midterm battle.

"We're supposed to stand up to discrimination", Obama said. "How hard can that be, saying that Nazis are bad?"

Obama's rally at the Anaheim Convention Center will benefit Josh Harder (CA-10), TJ Cox (CA-21), Katie Hill (CA-25), Gil Cisneros (CA-39), Katie Porter (CA-45), Harley Rouda (CA-48), and Mike Levin (CA-49), all candidates backed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the group organizing the rally.

Speaking on LBC, the Conservative MP wondered whether the former President realised he was "part of the problem".

Following his California visit, Obama will travel to OH next Thursday for an event for Richard Cordray, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in OH, and he is also slated to headline a campaign event in Pennsylvania later this month, and a NY fundraiser for the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, an organization led by former Attorney General Eric Holder, Obama's longtime friend.

Obama's campaign activity will continue through October and will include fundraising appearances, according to an Obama adviser.

Barack Obama delivers a speech in IL. "Doubling down on that strategy won't work in 2018 either".

Ahead of the midterm elections in November, Obama urged young people to cast their votes, "because our democracy depends on it".

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