Barack Obama gives speech today as he receives ethics award

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"He's just capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been capitalizing on for years", Obama said.

Obama's remarks will be on "the state of our democracy", his communications director Katie Hill said in a statement.

"It did not start with Donald Trump", he said.

Trump brought up the former president's speech again while he was dancing on the grave of Obamacare's individual mandate, which Republicans eliminated in their tax bill.

"This is not called a recovery, this is called a rocket ship", Trump added.

The former president urged Americans to take on issues such as racism, saying progress can be made.

Trump quickly responded on Friday, telling a crowd in Fargo, North Dakota, that he "fell asleep" watching Obama's speech. "Because there is actually only one real check on bad policies and abuses of power".

"The politics of division and resentment and paranoia has unfortunately found a home in the Republican Party".

"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 said.

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"We're supposed to stand up to discrimination", Obama said. Democrats at the time, including Obama, denied the accusation and said those who dared to oppose the legislation were simply fear mongers or racists.

During his remarks, Obama also criticized Republicans in Congress who seem "utterly unwilling" to stand up to Trump and "safeguard the institutions that make our democracies work".

The U of I appearance was part of an event in which he received an award for ethics in government, but what he said are expected to be themes he will use on the campaign trail.

A point this ethics award makes as Trump's administration grapples with an avalanche of scandals and Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe: Obama's two terms were relatively scandal free.

"By the time I left office, household income was near its all-time high, and the uninsured rate hit an all-time low, poverty rates were falling", Obama said.

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

Obama took Trump to task by saying he's played on voters' fears and crafted divisive policies. "Doubling down on that strategy won't work in 2018 either".

"If it does happen, it's your fault, because you didn't go out to vote". On Twitter, Shapiro posted, "Obama lecturing us is LITERALLY how you got Trump". The South Carolina senator tweeted, "The more President @BarackObama speaks about the "good ole years" of his presidency, the more likely President @realDonaldTrump is to get re-elected".

Mr Obama will hit the campaign trail tomorrow, appearing at a campaign event in Southern California before heading to OH next week and to IL and Pennsylvania later in the month.

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