Fox & Friends Weekend host Pete Hegseth, who interviewed President Donald Trump two days ago, declared this morning that former President Barack Obama has "Trump Derangement Syndrome". "It's not for sale".
"It shouldn't be Democratic or Republican to say we don't target certain groups of people based on what they look like or how they pray", he said.
Speaking to a largely young audience at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign, Obama urged them to vote if they wanted to make a difference - "In two months we have the chance, not the certainty but the chance, to restore some semblance of sanity to our politics".
While Obama has previously been relatively restrained when addressing Trump, the former commander-in-chief questioned the president's much-touted economic success, his agenda at large and his failure to offer a full-throated condemnation of white supremacists.
"If we don't step up, things are going to get worse", he said.
The "good news" Obama said is "in two months we have a chance to restore some sanity in our politics".
Lamenting the current political climate, Obama said that Trump was a "symptom, not a cause".
"It's apathy", he said. And we're sure as heck supposed to stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathizers.
Obama stepped back into the political fray Friday, delivering a speech at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign.
The former president said he rejects the politics of fear and division and said all people deserve equal treatment.
Trump, speaking at a rally later that day, said Obama was trying to take credit for a strong economy. "He's just capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years".
Obama's remarks signaled he would not pull any punches in taking on Trump, who Obama has studiously avoided attacking by name after handing him the keys to the presidency in January of 2017.
"I'm sorry, I watched it but I fell asleep", Trump said.
Obama gave shout-outs to seven Democratic candidates in competitive House districts across California that are considered crucial to the party's efforts to oust Republicans from control.
Obama is re-entering the public eye two months before voters head to the polls for the midterm elections on November 6.
Obama also took aim at the Republican Party directly saying "the politics of resentment and paranoia has unfortunately found a home" in the party.
Obama thundered, in reference to the revelations by investigative journalist Bob Woodward whose new book describes Trump's aides battling to rein in an angry, uninformed president that "That's not how our democracy is supposed to work". "Saying that Nazis are bad?"
Obama's speech in the university's 1,300-person auditorium has seen sizable interest from the school's student body, according to university spokesman Jon Davis, who said they had received around 22,000 requests for tickets. She is urging Americans to participate in a week of action, september 22 through 29, to get people registered to vote.