Obama calls out Trump: 'This is not normal'

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Previewing his midterm elections campaign message, former President Barack Obama on Friday launched a direct and blistering attack on President Donald Trump and Republicans and called on Americans to get to the ballot box in November to "restore some semblance of sanity to our politics".

As per report in a forceful return to the political fray aimed at firing up Democratic voters ahead of key elections and since leaving office, the 44th USA president has pointedly avoided direct criticism of his successor, making a calculated effort not to utter Trump's name, but on Friday the gloves came off.

He totally does, and he is--his speech, when you listen to it, which I did, it's the same exhausted boring resist talking points that we heard", "He couldn't even say "President Trump.' He said 'Donald Trump" twice in the speech... would not refer to him as President Trump. And in a healthy democracy, it doesn't work. "I found he is very good, very good for sleeping". Obama told the students: "The question is: 'What are you going to do?'"

"What happened to the Republican Party?" he said.

Obama campaigned for congressional Democrats from California on Saturday, a day after he excoriated Trump in a speech in IL.

The former president will be campaigning for Democrats over the next two months, until the general election, according to the Times.

That kind of equivocation, Obama argued, isn't one that has its roots in the Republican Party, referring back to one of his favorite presidents and fellow IL son, Abraham Lincoln.

"I don't agree with President Obama, he's President Obama, he won the election".

"In 2016, voters rejected President Obama's policies and his dismissiveness towards half the country", Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Ahrens said in response to the Friday speech.

"We are Americans", he said.

Jedediah Bila said this was a reminder of the "professorial" lecturing from Obama that people got exhausted of contrasted with how Trump "speaks with people".

His appearance - one day after a strongly worded critique of Mr Trump at University of IL at Urbana-Champaign - touched on themes of retirement security, climate change and education.

But Obama pointed to his own role in bringing the USA out of one of the worst economic recessions it has experienced, saying "let's just remember when this recovery started".

"More often it's manufactured by the powerful and privileged who want to keep us divided and keep us angry and keep us cynical because it helps them maintain the status quo and keep their power and keep their privilege", he also said.

Obama even brought up Trump's refusal to stand up to white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017. "That is not a check", Obama said.

Former President Barack Obama is in California to campaign for Democratic congressional candidates one day after issuing a stinging rebuke of his successor in the White House.

He said that Trump isn't the biggest threat to Americans - it's indifference.

Most of what he said was highlighting the importance of the upcoming election.

Both parties have encouraged their core supporters to get to the polls on November 6, when Democrats need to pick up 23 seats in the House of Representatives and two seats in the Senate to gain majorities in Congress and slam the brakes on Trump's agenda.

"If we don't step up, things can get worse", Mr Obama said the crowd at a rally in Southern California's Orange County on Saturday.