Former President Barack Obama delivered a biting critique of Republicans in Congress and President Donald Trump’s administration on Monday.
Although he avoided mentioning his successor by name, Obama railed against his policies – particularly his attempts to put pressure on the FBI and Department of Justice to target his political opponents.
‘That is not how America works. That is how some tin-pot dictatorship works,’ he said.
Obama also had some scathing words for Trump’s use of ‘alternative facts’ the way he often labels unfavourable reporting ‘fake news’.
‘Unlike some, I actually try to state facts,’ Obama said. ‘I believe in facts. I believe in a fact-based reality, fact-based politics. I don’t believe in just making stuff up. I think you should actually say to people what’s true.’
Obama, speaking to an audience of 2,000 at a rally in Las Vegas for Nevada Democrats, said Republicans had promised to ‘fight for the little guy’ but instead helped corporations and sowed divisions in America.
Republicans in Congress ‘bend over backwards’ instead of being ‘a check or a balance on this kind of corrupt politics,’ the former president said.
He was also keen that voters ‘remember who started’ the current economic upswing.
‘When I walked into office 10 years ago, we were in the middle of the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes,’ Obama said at the rally
‘By the time I left office, wages were rising, uninsurance rate was falling, poverty was falling, and that’s what I handed off to the next guy,’ he said.
‘When you hear all this talk about economic miracles right now, remember who started it,’ Obama said.
Obama was in Nevada to drum up support for Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen, who is in a tight race against incumbent Republican Sen. Dean Heller, and energize voters in the swing state who delivered big for Democrats in 2016 but stayed home during the midterm elections in 2014.
Obama, who won the state in 2008 and 2012, railed against the GOP tax law, efforts to repeal his Affordable Care Act, Trump’s attacks on the media, political pressure he’s put on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the separation of immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Obama also criticized Heller, saying, ‘the current senator, he doesn’t seem to be willing to stand up to this. He just goes along, even when you get a sense he knows it’s not right.’