Former President Barack Obama launched his return to the campaign trail Friday with a fiery speech in Illinois, accusing President Trump and fellow Republicans of giving a “home” to “the politics of division and resentment.”
In part of his midterm effort to rally Democrats to the polls and loosen Republicans' grip on power in Congress, the former president warned that the stakes are high and the consequences of staying on the sidelines "dire."
He reminded voters that Republicans want to continue to unravel his signature health care law, while delivering some of his toughest broadsides against the GOP since leaving office -- referring to Trump by name, something he often avoids.
Obama claimed certain “powerful and privileged” people want to “keep us angry because it helps them keep their power and their privilege.”
Obama went on to tell the raucous crowd that it is time to stand up to bullies. It remains to be seen whether Obama's presence will help the Dems in the midterms.
OBAMA: "When I came into office we were losing 800k jobs a month. Millions of people were losing homes... By the time I left, household income was near its high, uninsured rates hit an all-time low. So when you hear how great the economy is, let's just remember where it started." pic.twitter.com/698WLPLNGr— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 7, 2018