Obama on Trump: "This Is Not How America Works, That Is How Some Tin-Pot Dictatorship Works"


Former President Obama at a campaign rally Monday night told people "remember who started it" when you hear the improving economy touted. Obama spoke at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and called on Democrats to "restore some sanity to our politics" and "convince" people who might not otherwise vote with the party participate in the midterms.

"We've got to convince some people who might not agree with Democrats on every issue to at least vote with these candidates on the issues that they should care about," Obama said.

FORMER PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: You know, look, people of both parties and no party should be concerned with this current situation. Folks should want to see a restoration of honesty, and decency and lawfulness to our government.


They should want to see some checks on what's happening. It is not a Democratic or Republican idea that we are not supposed to pressure the attorney general or the FBI to use the criminal-justice system to try to punish political opponents. That's not how America works; that's how some tin pot dictatorship works -- that's not supposed to be America.


It shouldn't be Democratic or Republican to say we do not threaten freedom of the press just because they publish stories we don't like. It shouldn't be Democratic or Republican to say we don't target certain groups based on what they look like, or how they pray.

I mean, there are fiscal conservatives who, I'm assuming, have to believe there's nothing fiscally responsible about trillion-dollar deficits. I'm assuming there's some compassionate Republicans out there, who think, there's nothing American about ripping immigrant children from their mothers.


Look, don't boo -- vote. If you help us take back Congress, Nevada, then -- then we can make the kind of progress that's needed. If you don't, we won't. That's -- that's just the bottom line.

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