Former President Barack Obama returned to the campaign trail prior to midterms and criticized President Trump multiple times during a speech given in Illinois. Fox News reported on Obama’s fiery speech, stating several points the former president attempted to make.
At one point, Obama said those in power or with privilege want to “keep us angry because it helps them keep their power and their privilege.” Later, he said this type of mindset did not begin with President Trump, but that the current president is a symptom.
Obama continued, saying Trump is “just capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years.”
Obama continued and addressed a tribe appeal that forces groups to go against each other. He specifically stated that “telling people that order and security will be restored if [it wasn’t] for those who don’t look like us or don’t sound like us or don’t pray like we do, that’s an old playbook,” and brought up how people will call each other out for being “bigots and fear mongers,” but no mention of Antifa was made.
Fox News also reported that Obama stated “We are Americans; we’re supposed to stand up to bullies, not follow them” but again, there was no mention of Antifa.
One of Obama’s biggest quotes from his speech in Illinois was turned into a short video clip by Fox News, with the former Democratic president saying, “We can’t just put walls up all around America. Walls don’t keep out threats like terrorism or disease.”
This is in direct relation to President Trump’s idea behind a border wall separating the United States and Mexico which was proposed as a means to limit and reduce illegal immigration, potentially lessening the burden of American taxpayers covering the cost of welfare absorbed by illegal immigrants.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 7, 2018
Trump responded to Obama’s speech Friday saying, “I watched it, but I fell asleep. I found he is very good, very good for sleeping.”