President Barack Obama delivered a direct blow to his successor in a speech on Friday, calling President Donald Trump a "symptom" of a social problem where powerful forces fabricate and capitalize on "resentments."
– It did not start with Donald Trump. He is a symptom, not the cause, "Obama said in a speech that saw his return to the political scene two months before the legislative elections.
"It just takes advantage of the resentments that politicians have been stoking for years." A fear and an anger that are rooted in our past but are also born of the huge upheavals that have taken place in their brief lives, "Obama said.
President Barack Obama attacked President Donald Trump in a speech in Illinois
Obama chose Trump, who attacked him during his own campaign and repeatedly questioned his US citizenship, only to dismantle much of his agenda once he took office, as part of a system where the status quo seeks to maintain control.
Trump, on the other hand, presents himself as the leader of the "forgotten" Americans who fight against the elites.
"Every time we have approached those ideals, someone somewhere has gone backwards," Obama said.
"The status quo pushes back," said Obama, who took office in 2008 campaigning on "change."
"Sometimes the reaction comes from people who genuinely fear change for no reason, most often it is manufactured by the powerful and privileged who want to keep us divided and keep us angry and keep us cynical because that helps them maintain the status quo, maintain his power and to maintain his privilege, "Obama said.
Obama jumped back into the political contest on Friday, telling Democratic voters that there is a lot at stake for not running for the November election, when the party is trying to wrest control of Congress from President Donald Trump's Republicans.
Obama has largely avoided attention since Trump succeeded him last year. But a speech on Friday at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will usher in a wave of activity as it hits the campaign on behalf of Democratic candidates in critical careers.
The November 6 elections are widely viewed as a referendum on Trump. While the president is promoting campaign promises, such as tax cuts and deregulation, his mandate has been marred by extensive research on Russian interference in the 2016 elections and the growing questions about his behavior and suitability for the job, including for some within his administration.
Both parties traditionally see a big drop in participation in the non-presidential election years, but Democrats and Republicans alike are trying to energize voters with high-risk conversations.
The Democrats must obtain 23 seats to obtain the majority in the House of Representatives of the United States and two benches in the Senate of the United States. The control of one or both cameras would allow them not only to frustrate Trump's agenda but also to open investigations in Congress about his administration.
The democratic control of the House would also allow the party to present a political trial, although the party has kept away from that threat.
Despite that, Trump sternly told his supporters on Thursday to avoid any impeachment against him by maintaining Republican majorities in Congress.
"It's so ridiculous," he said at a rally in Montana, referring to the accusation. "But if it happens, it's your fault, because you did not go out to vote, well, you did not go out to vote, you did not go out to vote, that's the only way it could happen."
Obama, in his speech, will pressure the Americans to leave in November, saying that "this moment in our country is too dangerous for the Democratic voters to withdraw," according to their spokeswoman, Katie Hill.
The former Democratic president, following tradition, has so far been reluctant to publicly criticize his successor, much to the frustration of some Democrats. Last week, he appeared to scold Trump, without naming him, in a compliment to the late Republican Sen. John McCain.
Obama will appear at a campaign event in Southern California this weekend before traveling to Ohio next week and, later in September, to Illinois and Pennsylvania.
(Reporting by James Oliphant Additional reporting by Susan Heavey Edition by Peter Cooney and Frances Kerry)