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Obama asks: 'What happened to Republican Party?'

Obama's denunciation of Trump came as the president fends off an anonymous op-ed and a harsh bombshell book by Bob Woodward

"If these candidates win, I'm absolutely confident that Washington will start working better!"

Obama did not mention any Democratic candidates from IL in his speech, although gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker, Comptroller Susana Mendoza and state Treasurer Mike Frerichs were all in the crowd.

"Many of them never imagined running for office, but what they understood is the stakes are high in this election". "He is just capitalising on resentment that politicians have been fanning for years".

"This is not normal", Obama said during his hour-long address.

"Isn't this much more exciting than listening to President Obama speak?" he asked the crowd.

Pirro said that Trump's election was Obama's fault.

Obama said what's happening in American politics is not "conservative". In two months, we have the chance, not the certainty, but the chance to restore some semblance of sanity to our politics.

The auditorium in Illinois was filled Friday with a mix of students and Illinois political figures, including Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin and Illinois Democratic gubernatorial nominee JB Pritzker.

"Of course, there's always been another darker aspect to America's story", he said.

"Obama is a great messenger to get them to vote for Democrats", Pfeiffer said.

"Even though we took out bin Laden and wound down the wars in Iraq and our combat role in Afghanistan, and got Iran to halt its nuclear programme, the world's still full of threats and disorder", he said, adding that comes streaming through people's televisions every single day.

Historically, midterms are lightly attended and Obama made a point of reminding his audience that only one in five young people voted in the 2014 midterm election.

Obama is receiving an award for ethics in government at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Obama's speech at the Anaheim Convention Center in Southern California, a region traditionally held by Republicans, was a stump for Democrats Josh Harder, TJ Cox, Katie Hill, Gil Cisneros, Katie Porter, Harley Rouda and Mike Levin.

Obama's scattergun attack on Trump and the GOP, while well received in liberal circles, prompted Republican Representative Mark Meadows to respond: "Former President Obama just offered an eloquent reminder of why Americans made the right choice when they elected President Trump".

Democrats certainly hope so as the midterms loom, with candidates reportedly flooding Obama's advisers with requests for personal appearances on the campaign trail.

"The claim that everything will turn out OK because there are people inside the White House who secretly aren't following the president's orders, that is not a check", Obama said.

The Fox & Friends hosts this morning reacted to Obama's big speech yesterday going after Trump and the Republican party, with Ed Henry saying, "Barack Obama decided he wants to make the midterms about 'me'".

"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. He said the biggest threat to democracy isn't Trump but "indifference".