In his speech at the event, Obama is expected to give a call to action ahead of the midterms, emphasizing the importance of Americans' voting and how they can engage during this unique time in American politics.
In a speech at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign, Obama said Americans were living in "dangerous times" and accused Republicans of undermining global alliances, cozying up to Russian Federation and exploding the federal deficit.
"Demagogues promise simple fixes to complex problems", Obama continued, presumably knocking Trump. The event is being streamed by the University of IL. "We are supposed to stand up to discrimination and we are sure as heck to stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathizers".
"We are Americans", he said.
Obama also addressed Trump's tone-deaf comments past year, when the president claimed that there were "some very fine people on both sides" during the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that saw white supremacists squaring off against anti-racism protesters.
Turning his sights on his own party, Obama said Democrats won't win in the November midterm elections by "dismissing" parts of the country as "racist, sexist, or homophobic".
But the breakdown in political discourse has led the country to stray from its core principles of "the rule of law, human rights and democracy", Obama said. "How hard can that be, to say that Nazis are bad?"
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After spending much of his post-presidency on the political sidelines, Obama has several events scheduled in coming days where he'll campaign for Democrats.
"Because there is actually only one real check on bad policy and abuses of power, and that's you - you and your vote".