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12 September, 2018, 15:01 | Author: Emmett Rice
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Obama argued that Trump is "capitalizing on resentment that politicians have been fanning for years, 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".

Obama's Saturday appearance - only his second after ripping into President Donald Trump in an IL speech - reflects how high the stakes are in California's Orange County, known for Disneyland, surfing and right-wing politics.

The Republican National Committee, for its part, responded to Obama's speech by saying, "President Obama stepped back into the spotlight to make the case that our country is on the wrong track".

Lamenting the current political climate, Obama said that Trump was a "symptom, not a cause".

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.

Vice President Mike Pence says it's disappointing that Obama is back on the campaign trail criticizing Trump.

Appearing in Southern California on Saturday, the former president took another swipe at his successor as he raised his profile campaigning for fellow Democrats to regain control of the House. "We are Americans. We're supposed to stand up to bullies, not follow them", he said to applause.

"If we don't step up, things can get worse", Obama warned the crowd in Anaheim on Saturday.

Obama also unloaded on the Republican Party, saying that it has become a home for the politics of "division, of resentment and paranoia" and that its members are abdicating their responsibilities by doing nothing "when the president does something insane". Rep. Steve Stivers welcomed Obama's return, saying that his presence "fired up Republicans like nobody", and would unite the party in the run-up to November's contentious midterm elections.

Obama delivered a speech Friday at the University of IL that included several broadsides at Trump while rarely mentioning his name.

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In an unusually blistering attack on his successor, Obama said Americans were living in risky times and accused Republicans of threatening democracy, dividing the country, undermining global alliances and cosying up to Russian Federation.

For months, the 44th president has been a model of patience and restraint under a barrage of criticism and attacks -- sometimes personal and unfounded -- launched by the man who succeeded him.

Barack Obama with sister Auma Obama and President Uhuru Kenyatta when he visited Kenya on Sunday, July 15 since he finished his presidential term.

"You can be the generation that at a critical moment stood up and reminded us just how precious this experiment in democracy really is, just how powerful it can be when we fight for it, when we believe in it", he said". "It's radical. It's a vision that says our protection of our power is all that matters", Obama said.

"The biggest threat to our democracy ... is not one individual, it is not one big super PAC billionaires", he said.

He says, "I'm not making that up".

"What happened to the Republican Party?" he asked rhetorically.

"I found he's very good for sleeping", Trump added.

While the former president will be visible throughout the general election, the adviser said that Obama will not be seen daily throughout the campaign. He'll next travel to California for an event with seven House candidates in Orange County. In the other Orange County race, Gil Cisneros, a Democratic philanthropist and Navy veteran, is vying for an open seat created by retiring Republican Ed Royce.

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