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Obama's return is a blessing for Democrats

by Christopher Suarez - Copy Editor
Tue, Sep 18th 2018 05:05 pm
Hope - Former President Barack Obama (above) spoke to students at the University of Illinois, on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 about the state of the country.
Hope - Former President Barack Obama (above) spoke to students at the University of Illinois, on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 about the state of the country.

Former President Barack Obama, is known for giving inspirational speeches and speaking on issues going on around the country. However one thing Obama rarely talks about is the actions of our current president, Donald Trump. He has been relatively quiet on the insanity that has been Trump’s presidency. 

On Friday Sept. 7, in a speech at the University of Illinois, Obama gave a speech in front of thousands of students. During the speech, Obama touched on the rising Republican tension that led to Donald Trump’s victory. 

“It did not start with Donald Trump, he is a symptom, not the cause," Obama said. "He is just capitalizing on resentment that politicians have been fanning for years. A fear, an anger that is rooted in our past but is also borne in our enormous upheavals that have taken place in your brief lifetimes.” 

Obama makes it clear that everything Trump is doing is not original. 

Obama has a point, the things that Trump has been saying are opinions that many other politicians have been feeling, but never said. The fear of backlash from the American people is the reason why many of these politicians haven’t come out publicly and said it. 

During Obama’s presidency, many people critiqued him because of his weak immigration policy. Trump capitalized on that and made his immigration policy the complete opposite of Obama’s. 

Trump was highly critical on his comments after the Charlottesville marches. After the marches Trump said, “I think there is blame on both sides.” The president never clearly opposed the actions of the neo-Nazis, white supremacist and skinheads who promoted hate and racism across the country.  

“You had a group on one side that was bad. You had a group on the other side that was also very violent," Trump said. "Nobody wants to say that. I’ll say it right now."

 This was a major point of discussion in Obama’s speech. The former president did not feel like Trump addressed the issue correctly. 

“It shouldn’t be Democratic or Republican to say that we don’t target groups of people because of what they look like or how they pray … We are supposed to stand up to discrimination and we are sure as heck to stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathizers,” Obama said. 

  It was nice to hear a person of power holding this man accountable for his actions. The march in Charlottesville was a major setback for this country. To have the President of the United States touch on the issue so lightly gave these people permission to promote hate. 

Trump does not take well to criticism. He has proven before that he will comment on any critique he gets from almost anybody. And this time is no different. 

According to FOX News, Trump said,  “I'm sorry, I watched but I fell asleep. I found he's very good for sleeping.” 

A very petty response from somebody who knows that they have just been put in their place.

Obama made his point clear on Trump, however, most of his speech consisted of slamming the republicans in Congress. 

“The politics of resentment and paranoia has unfortunately found a home in the Republican party,” Obama said. 

The former president also added that the policies the GOP leaders are pursuing are not conservative. 

According to CNN, the Republican Party responded with a statement of their own. 

The Republican National Committee said, “President Obama stepped back into the spotlight to make the case that our country is on the wrong track. 2016 is over, but president Obama is still dismissing the millions of voters across the country who rejected a continuation of his policies in favor of President Trump’s plan for historic tax cuts.” 

Obama’s speech brought old issues back and shined light on the issues our country is facing now. Now he is just hoping we vote.