With President Donald Trump already campaigning ahead of the November elections, Barack and Michelle Obama are jumping back in the fray to whip up Democrats - with the former president previewing his stump speech Friday at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign.
"What happened to the Republican party?".
In his speech, Obama specifically cited Trump having already put pressure on his AG to use the criminal justice system "as a cudgel to punish political opponents", and declared that a United States President should not "threaten freedom of the press because they say things or publish stories we don't like".
Obama is expected to hit the campaign trail running for Democrats this fall, as Democrats look to take control of the House from Republicans hands.
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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. "I've found he's very good, very good for sleeping". John McCain, Obama delivered a speech seen as a jab at Trump.
Mr Obama will hit the campaign trail tomorrow, appearing at a campaign event in Southern California before heading to OH next week and to IL and Pennsylvania later in the month.
"He is acutely aware that he has a mixed record of success when his name is not on the ballot", said one person familiar with President Obama's thinking, who asked not to be named discussing internal deliberations.
While speaking at the University of Illinois, Obama criticized what American politics have become, specifically targeting U.S. President Donald Trump for perpetuating problems.
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"Out of this political darkness, I'm seeing a great awakening", Obama said, imploring the crowd of young people to get politically involved ahead of the November midterms, calling it the "most important" election in their lifetime.
He also made it very clear that anger and discontent in politics haven't started with Trump but said that he used it to his own advantage very well. "Suddenly deficits do not matter", Obama said.
"We're supposed to stand up to discrimination, and we're sure as heck supposed to stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathizers", Obama said. "We're supposed to stand up to bullies".
Obama has spent much of 2018 away from the political fray, focusing on writing his book and raising money for his post-presidency foundation. A series of former presidents have avoided critiquing their successors, and Obama has attempted to keep that tradition since he left office in January 2017.
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On Thursday, the former president is scheduled to campaign in Cleveland for Richard Cordray's campaign for Ohio Governor.