Obama tells voters to step up or 'things can get worse'

Obama speaks at U of I: Trump is ‘capitalizing on resentment’

Then-President Barack Obama meets with Donald Trump in the Oval Office after he was elected in November 2016. "It's not for sale". "Where there's a vacuum in our democracy, when we are not participating, we're not paying attention, when we're not stepping up - other voices fill the void".

"In the end, the threat to our democracy doesn't just come from Donald Trump or the current batch of Republicans in Congress", he said.

Obama argued that today's generation is the most diverse, "conditions that are ripe for exploitation by politicians who have no compunction and no shame about tapping into America's dark history of racial and ethnic and religious division". 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. "But the good news is, in two months we have a chance to restore some sanity in our politics".

"The biggest threat to our democracy is indifference", Obama said.

"It's apathy", he said.

Addressing at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, less than two months before the mid-term elections that could determine the course of Trump's presidency, he said that the democracy in the United States was facing the biggest threat of "indifference" and "cynicism".

Obama spoke to a packed auditorium with an audience of about 1,100 students, faculty and community members.

Politico reports that insiders claim Trump "has long complained about the fawning coverage and adulation that he believes Obama has received, even after leaving the White House", which has been exacerbated by the president's dismay at the fawning coverage given to the late Sen.

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"Some of you may think I am exaggerating when I say this election is more important than any I can remember in my lifetime", Obama said in a speech at the University of IL.

Trump mocked Obama's speech before supporters in North Dakota.

"I watched it, but I fell asleep". While the former president will be visible throughout the general election, the adviser said Obama will not be a daily presence on the campaign trail.

"It is always tempting for politicians, for their own gain, and for people in power, to try to see if they can divide people, scapegoat folks, turn them on each other because when that happens, you get gridlock and government doesn't work and people get cynical and they decide not to participate", he said. While he has endorsed candidates and appeared at fundraising events, he has spent much of his post-presidency on the political sidelines. "If I was the Republicans, I would be very nervous about this".

Obama will head to Cleveland on September 13 to campaign for Ohio Democratic gubernatorial nominee Richard Cordray.

Obama has been playing an active role in the lead up to November's midterm elections.

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Stivers said Friday that Obama's campaign events will help Republicans. "If you are one of these folks who is watching cable news at your cocktail parties with your friends and you are saying "civilization is collapsing" and you are nervous and anxious, but that is not where you are putting all your time, energy and money, then either you don't actually think civilization is collapsing ... or you are not pushing yourself hard enough, and I would push harder".

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