POLITICS
09/07/2018 13:17 EDT | Updated 11/07/2018 12:03 EST

Barack Obama Rebukes Donald Trump Publicly For First Time

“It did not start with Donald Trump ― he is a symptom, not the cause."

President Barack Obama is making his return to the political arena to help embattled Democrats win in November's midterm elections. And for the first time, Obama publicly called out President Donald Trump by name.

During a speech at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Friday, Obama said the country is in a "backlash" moment.

"You happen to be coming of age during one of those moments," Obama told the audience. "It did not start with Donald Trump ― he is a symptom, not the cause. He is just capitalizing on resentment that politicians have been fanning for years. A fear, an anger that is rooted in our past but is also borne in our enormous upheavals that have taken place in your brief lifetimes."

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