Former President Obama on Friday called on Americans to vote because “our democracy depends on it,” saying “the stakes really are higher.”
“I’m here to deliver a simple message: You need to vote because our democracy depends on it,” Obama said during a speech at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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“But just a glance at recent headlines should tell you that this moment really is different,” he said. “The stakes really are higher. The consequences of any of us sitting on the sidelines are more dire.”
Obama later in his speech criticized Trump for capitalizing on racial and economic resentments.
However, Obama said Trump is “a symptom, not the cause.”
“It did not start with Donald Trump. He is a symptom, not the cause,” the former president said. “He’s just capitalizing on resentments politicians have been fanning for years.”
The Hill added:
Obama will head to his first midterm campaigning on Saturday for Democratic House candidates in California.
The speech Friday previews those arguments.
“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.