Obama Slams Donald Trump Publicly For First Time

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While delivering a speech at the University of IL in Urbana-Champaign, Obama called out President Trump by name for the first time.

Speaking in North Dakota, Trump didn't have a substantial rebuttal to Obama's speech-only juvenile insults.

"Trump went to talk about economic gains since he took office". "This moment really is different".

"Now, some of you may think I am exaggerating when I say this election is more important than any I can remember in my lifetime", the Democrat said.

The former president is expected to be a fixture on the campaign trail this fall, notes CBS News. He said people have asked him what he's going to do for the November election. Aides close to Obama have said he's bit his lip, wanting to avoid an ugly tit-for-tat and to stay above the fray.

He also made it very clear that anger and discontent in politics haven't started with Trump but said that he used it to his own advantage very well.

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

He also criticised Mr Trump's response to the violence previous year at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that resulted in the death of one person.

During a speech at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign on Friday, Obama said the country is in a "backlash" moment.

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"We are supposed to stand up to bullies, not follow them", Obama said.

"It's not conservative", Obama said. "Saying Nazis are bad?" "Suddenly, deficits don't matter, even though just two years ago, when the deficit was lower, they said, 'I couldn't help working families or seniors because it was, the deficit was, in existential crisis".

"Obama says during a speech Friday in IL that the Republican-controlled Congress has championed the unwinding of campaign finance laws, made it harder for minorities to vote and voted multiple times to take health care away from ordinary Americans".

Trump wasn't quick to point fingers back or take a swipe at the former president.

Obama's remarks will be on "the state of our democracy", his communications director Katie Hill said in a statement.

Singer-songwriter Janelle Monae, also a co-chair of "When We All Vote", will be the draw for a rally September 27 in Atlanta targeting students at three historically black universities: Morehouse, Spelman and Clark Atlanta.

Obama is also expected to campaign in IL and Pennsylvania later this month and headline a fundraiser for the National Democratic Redistricting Committee in New York City, which is looking to reverse gerrymandering that has helped Republicans in some congressional districts.

Obama will roll out his mid-term message when he receives the Institute of Government and Public Affairs Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government at UIUC at 11 a.m.