Barack Obama called on voters to reject a growing “politics of division” and implied Donald Trump had set American democracy “back 50 years” as he returned to the campaign trail for the first time since leaving the White House.
In his first political speeches for nearly a year, the former president took thinly veiled swipes at his Republican successor as he condemned “folks who are deliberately trying to make folks angry” for a “short-term tactical advantage”.
As USA Newsflash reports, he then encouraged rallies in New Jersey as well as Virginia that voters could send a powerful message about the types of politics that they want, by backing the Democrats in the upcoming elections, before once again explaining, “What we can’t have is the same old politics of division that we have seen so many times before, that dates back centuries.”
And while he didn’t directly mentioned the president or members of his administration directly, he did claim that the politics we are seeing now, was made by “folks looking back 50 years. It’s the 21 century, not the 19th century.”
There was a clear connection there, with most of Barack Obama’s comments hinting at Trump, whose more harsh leadership style and inflammatory rhetoric have been sparking controversy and tensions, all of which received more flame and tension by the mainstream media.
Obama made the remarks on Thursday just hours after former president George W Bush, a Republican, also took an indirect swing at Mr Trump with a speech decrying “bullying and prejudice” while defending immigrants and trade.