"There is a phrase that we used to use [when I was governor] for staff that acted this way, and it's called 'we know better, '" Paterson said.
Former President Barack Obama says the midterm elections in November will give Americans the chance to - in his words - "restore some sanity in our politics" by changing control of Congress. Trump has given Obama a chance to write a new postscript to his own legacy. "And to have President Obama come out and tout his policies that resulted in less than 2 percent growth-which saw tax increases, Obamacare regulation, and a doubling of the national debt-I think was it was very disappointing".
Barack Obama has made a political appearance in California on behalf of Democratic congressional candidates he says have "decided to step up and bring out the best in our country". "He is a symptom, not the cause", he said. "He's just capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years".
That Obama has stepped in to confront Trump underscores the vacuum of leadership and coherent message at the top of the Democratic Party, whose titular chiefs are in their 70s and whose next-generation figures have yet to establish themselves as commanding or unifying presences.
"I'm sorry, I watched it but I fell asleep", he said during a fundraiser in North Dakota.
"If we don't step up, things can get worse", the former president told the audience at the Anaheim Convention Centre.
The seven candidates Obama threw his support behind are from districts that will be crucial for the Democrats if they want to oust the Republicans in California.
Obama is expected to deliver a similar message in Cleveland on Thursday, when he campaigns on behalf of Richard Cordray, the Democratic nominee for OH governor, and other Democrats. "Cynicism led too many people to turn away from politics and stay home on election day".
But he said he chose to speak now because "the stakes really are higher" than before.
He was especially stern in his condemnation of Trump's pattern of pressuring law enforcement officials, including US Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Trump this week criticized the attorney general for prosecuting two Republican congressmen, saying it will hurt the party in the November elections.
He also accused Trump of playing to bigots.
"We are Americans, we're supposed to stand up to bullies". "And we're sure as heck supposed to stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathizers".