Friday, September 07, 2018
"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 we are, what it is that we stand for," Obama said. "As a fellow citizen, not as an ex-president, I'm here to deliver a simple message, which is that you need to vote, because our democracy depends on it."
"It did not start with Donald Trump. He is a symptom, not the cause," Obama said to applause. "He's just capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years."
It's not just about Trump, Obama said. It's about Republicans "who know better in Congress ... bending over backwards to shield" Trump. They're hypocrites, he said, and they're just as dangerous to America. At times mocking them and at times laying into them, Obama said they've abandoned all that they're supposed to stand for as Republicans, and as citizens of this country.
"None of this is conservative. I don't mean to pretend I'm channeling Lincoln now, but that's not what he had in mind, I don't think when he formed the Republican Party. It sure isn't normal. It's radical. It's a vision that says our protection of our power is all that matters," Obama said.
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