Former President Barack Obama blasted President Trump for “capitalizing” on racial and economic resentments that “politicians have been fanning for years,” accusing the president of playing into “a fear, an anger that’s rooted in our past.”
“It did not start with Donald Trump. He is a symptom, not the cause,” Obama said in a speech at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Obama mentions Trump by name!
"He's just capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years, a fear and anger that's rooted in our past but it's also born out of the enormous upheavals that have taken place in your brief lifetimes." pic.twitter.com/fmoaPfCiHu
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 7, 2018
“He’s just capitalizing on resentments politicians have been fanning for years,” he continued. “A fear, an anger that’s rooted in our past, but is also born of the upheavals that have taken place in your brief lifetimes.”
The Hill added:
While Obama has occasionally delivered veiled criticisms of his successor since leaving office, he refrained for more than a year from taking on Trump by name.
Obama’s speech on Friday called for a reexamination of American values and ideals.
“I’m here today because 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,” Obama said.