Barack Obama encourages people to vote: "This is not Coachella"

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"I'm asking you to be neither blind to, nor dismayed by, reality - but motivated by it", Obama wrote in an email Thursday to supporters of Organizing for America, a grass roots organization he founded. He doesn't have a strong record of helping his party win when his own name isn't on the ballot and Democrats suffered significant losses during both Obama midterms in 2010 and 2014.

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

Former President Barack Obama is calling on people to vote in the November election, saying "our democracy depends on it".

Trump made an aside during the rally to mention that someone asked him earlier in the day about Obama's speech.

"There is only one check on abuses of power, and that's you and your vote". "The stakes really are higher".

"When there is a vacuum in our democracy, when we don't vote, when we take our basic rights and freedoms for granted, the politics of fear and resentment and retrenchment takes hold".

"We're supposed to stand up to discrimination", Mr Obama said. He said the biggest threat to democracy isn't Trump but "indifference".

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"I watched it, but I fell asleep", Trump claimed.

Obama says during a speech Friday at the University of IL that Trump is capitalizing on the same resentments, fear and anger that politicians have fanned for years. "The consequences of any of us sitting on the sidelines are more dire".

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.

"In 2016, voters rejected president Obama's policies and his dismissiveness towards half the country", Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Ahrens said in response to Mr Obama's speech.

The 44th President has only dabbled in the political arena since leaving office, issuing certain statements when his signature policies on health care and immigration were under attack and attending a handful of fundraisers. "Doubling down on that strategy won't work in 2018 either", he said.

"If it does happen, it's your fault, because you didn't go out to vote".

ABC News reported that "Trump told U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell to make Palij's deportation his number one priority when he got to Berlin".

"If what you are doing requires no sacrifice at all, then you can do more", Obama told the crowd at a sweeping multi-million-dollar Beverly Hills home. He will spend this Saturday in California stumping for seven congressional candidates at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee event and will head to OH next week to campaign for gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray.

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