Donald Trump is capitalising on resentment, says former President Barack Obama

Former president Barack Obama

Former president Barack Obama

Obama's Saturday appearance - just his second in the wake of tearing into President Donald Trump in an IL discourse - reflects how high the stakes are in California's Orange County, known for Disneyland, surfing and conservative governmental issues.

Saying, "I gave a long speech yesterday". But "it did not start with Donald Trump", he said. Democrats running include Katie Porter, a law professor at the University of California in Irvine, Environmental lawyer Mike Levin, real estate investor Harley Rouda, Gil Cisneros, a Democratic philanthropist and Navy veteran, venture capitalist Josh Harder, nonprofit executive Katie Hill, and T.J. Cox.

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"We're going to kick off our bedroom slippers, we're putting on our marching shoes", he said.

"I wish he would come more often because he reminds Republicans of eight years of misery", said Republican National Committeeman Shawn Steel, who lives in Orange County. "He's just capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years". "Californians are exhausted of being overtaxed, over-regulated and having families and businesses run out of the state".

Also, Obama has been known to be unsuccessful in transferring votes of his supporter to other Democrats.

Republicans, however, said Obama's appearance was only fueling their cause.

The upcoming mid-term elections are seen as a key test of Trump's first two years in power.

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The Republican Party of Orange County sent out an email Friday signed by Rep. Mimi Walters, R-Laguna Niguel, encouraging party members "to volunteer at your closest Republican field office to make phone calls or knock on doors" this weekend. "Where there's a vacuum in our democracy, when we are not participating, we're not paying attention, when we're not stepping up - other voices fill the void". "While he and the Democrats talk to themselves we must talk to voters".

"There are people out there right now that are counting on us to make sure they still have health care after this election", Obama said.

Barack Obama delivers a speech in IL.

"The truth is, the American people in 2016 rejected the policy and direction of Barack Obama when they elected President Donald Trump", he said.

"The idea that he doesn't take the respect of past presidents - you never saw George Bush going out talking in a campaign", Mr. McCarthy said.

Six of the seven Democratic congressional candidates the rally is being held on behalf of were in attendance. Both districts are in the state's Central Valley. The speech was delivered less than two months prior to the midterm elections, elections that could arguably change the course of the Trump presidency.

Although Obama did not refer to the president by name, his intent was clear. "Like President Obama, I believe that hope in the face of difficulty and uncertainty are the bedrock of this nation". "'Yeah, Governor Paterson, he knows some things, but we know better.' 'Yeah, President Trump has done some good things, but then he acts out, and we know better'".

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