Barack Obama slams Donald Trump, warns of 'dangerous times'

Barack Obama slams Donald Trump, warns of 'dangerous times'

Barack Obama slams Donald Trump, warns of 'dangerous times'

"If what you are doing requires no sacrifice at all, then you can do more", Obama told the crowd at a sweeping multi-million-dollar Beverly Hills home.

"You can not sit back and wait for a savior", Obama said.

The former President launched a blistering attack on his successor.

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Obama is set to appear later Saturday at the Anaheim Convention Center in the heart of Orange County, a once-solid Republican stronghold that voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election that Donald Trump won.

He spoke of dark times in American, and warned the audience that they "happen to be coming of age during one of those moments".

Obama said the US needs to restore "honesty and decency" in government.

But Obama pointed to his own role in bringing the USA out of one of the worst economic recessions it has experienced, saying "let's just remember when this recovery started". "He's just capitalising on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years". "These are extraordinary times, and they are unsafe times".

"You, Barack, you elected Donald Trump".

Obama also said standing up to discrimination should be a bipartisan effort, adding "How hard can that be, saying that Nazis are bad?"

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Obama also accused Republicans of giving tax cuts to the rich, taking away healthcare from millions, and rejecting scientific facts behind climate change.

"The claim that everything will turn out OK because there are people inside the White House who secretly aren't following the president's orders - that is not a check", Obama went on to say, referencing the recent op-ed by an anonymous White House official in New York Times that said there are people in the administration trying to protect America from Trump.

Pirro's comments came following a speech from Obama in which he criticized the president, and comments he made on Friday slamming Trump for his reluctance to disavow Nazi sympathizers over the White Supremacist rally in Charlottesville.

In an unusually blistering attack on his successor, Obama said Americans were living in unsafe times and accused Republicans of threatening democracy, dividing the country, undermining global alliances and cosying up to Russian Federation. "You need to vote because our democracy depends on it", he told the students in attendance.

The former commander-in-chief is receiving the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government, which will be given to him by Sen.

"More often it's manufactured by the powerful and privileged who want to keep us divided and keep us angry and keep us cynical because it helps them maintain the status quo and keep their power and keep their privilege", he also said.

Rep. Steve Stivers welcomed Obama's return, saying that his presence "fired up Republicans like nobody", and would unite the party in the run-up to November's contentious midterm elections. His advisers say it's a preview of the case he'll make throughout the fall campaign season. He'll next travel to California for an event with seven House candidates in Orange County.

But, Obama added, when there is a vacuum in democracy, "other voices fill the void".

But today, the former president made clear the consequences of being quiet -- of polite presidential deference - have become too "dire".

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