President Obama spoke at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana today and while he was there to accept an ethics in government award, he also used his time there to speak about the current political climate.
Obama told the crowd of about 1,000 that the nation is living in “extraordinary” and “dangerous” times. He also urged the crowd to get out and vote.
“You need to vote because our democracy depends on it…This moment really is different. The stakes really are higher. The consequences of any of us sitting on the sidelines are more dire,” the former president said.
Former Pres. Obama: "This is one of those pivotal moments when every one of us as citizens of the United States need to determine just who it is that we are, just what it is that we stand for."
— ABC News (@ABC) September 7, 2018
He also addressed the op-ed in the New York Times, saying “I complained plenty about Fox News, but you never heard me threaten to shut them down, or call them ‘enemies of the people.’”
Former President Obama: “I complained plenty about Fox News, but you never heard me threaten to shut them down, or call them ‘enemies of the people.’” pic.twitter.com/8zvwngP9L2
— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 7, 2018
(Maybe he forgot about that whole spying on reporters and monitoring their phone records?)
He also asked “what happened to the Republican Party” and criticized President Trump for failing to stand up to white supremacy. “”We are Americans, we are supposed to stand up to bullies. Not follow them…. And we’re sure as heck meant to stand up to Nazi sympathisers… How hard can that be, saying that Nazis are bad?”
Senator Lindsay Graham’s response on Twitter is one of the best responses to the speech and likely true if Dems keep crying over Hillary Clinton’s loss for two more years.
In fact, the best explanation of President Trump’s victory are the “results” of the Obama Presidency!
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) September 7, 2018