“The night before the 2016 election, Barack Obama said Donald Trump was “uniquely unqualified” on the economy, “temperamentally unfit” on foreign policy, couldn`t be trusted with the nuclear codes and had “utter contempt for the values that make this nation great.”
Friday, the former president took the stage here in a University of Illinois auditorium and said it had been all that and worse.
For all the unprecedented moments Trump`s presidency has brought, Obama`s speech, which kicked off his midterm campaigning, marked a new one: a former president going on the attack directly against his successor-and arguing directly that the man in the Oval Office isn`t just a political opponent, but a threat to the core of America itself.”
From the Muslim ban to Charlottesville to the separation of families at the border with Mexico, former president Barack Obama followed political protocol and refrained from attacking his successor explicitly.
But Today Obama took the stage in a University of Illinois auditorium and implicitly and explicitly criticized the Trump administration.
Obama was passionate but professorial in his ringing indictment of Donald Trump, and hopefully his young audience took his message to heart, and will vote in the midterm elections, instead of just hashtaging their frustrations.
This is the first of a series of lectures that Obama will deliver until the midterms in November; the juxtaposition between Obama`s professorial style and Trump`s Nutty Professor shtick will impress upon voters that it`s incumbent upon them to vote blue to hold the Trump administration accountable.
It`s encouraging and heartwarming to see Obama get back into the fray. The former president called out the beast by name, and I`m all in on his vision of a blue tide washing away the swamp creatures.
You Go Obama! I`m looking forward to every last one of your speeches!