Former President Barack Obama speaks at the memorial service of Senator John McCain at National Cathedral in Washington, Sept. 1, 2018. "I found he is very good, very good for sleeping".
Mr Obama warned that American democracy depended on his audience turning out to vote in the November's congressional mid-term elections. "The stakes really are higher".
"We got, if you remember, individual mandate wiped out, we wiped out individual mandate, the most unpopular part of Obamacare".
He later added: "This is not normal".
Trump said Obama oversaw the "weakest recovery in the history of our country" while America is experiencing now "not a recovery, but a rocket ship".
"I'm not making that up".
It's the first time 44's publicly attacked 45 since leaving office and, honestly, it's the kind of talk Democrats have been dying to hear from Obama.
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"The point Washington made", Obama said, speaking from a stage in rural IL, "is that it's essential to American democracy that in a government of and by and for the people, there should be no permanent ruling class". He's says it's the result of a rapidly changing world and growing inequality and that politicians who appeal to that fear are using "an old playbook". I'm being serious. That's not how our democracy's supposed to work. These people aren't elected. John McCain, R-Ariz., he seemed to take a swipe at Trump, without naming him, when he described "politics that pretends to be courageous and tough, but in fact is born of fear".
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.
Obama even brought up Trump's refusal to stand up to white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017. "We're supposed to stand up to bullies". "We are supposed to stand up to discrimination, and we sure are as heck are supposed to stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathizers". How hard can it be to say that Nazis are bad?'
The entire speech can be viewed below, live at Noon EST.
The former president is following up his address by campaigning Saturday with Democratic candidates running to flip Republican House seats in Southern California's Orange County, a traditionally conservative-leaning area where Republicans are at risk of losing several House seats.
Next Thursday, Obama leads a rally in Cleveland for Ohio governor candidate Richard Cordray and other Ohio Democrats.
Obama's campaign activity will continue through October and will include fundraising appearances, according to an Obama adviser.
"Democrats may have a new resistor-in-chief on the campaign trail, but they'll need more than a message of resist and obstruct to win this November", the RNC spokeswoman said.