At 12 p.m. EST today, former President Barack Obama is expected to kick off his push to help Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections. The speech, which can be viewed live below, is taking place at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is expected to have many Democratic Senators and Congressmen in attendance, including Senator Dick Durbin (D) of Illinois.
Up until this point, Obama has strayed away from directly attacking President Trump, but according to those with knowledge of the speech, it is expected to provide his most pointed rebuke to date of the current president.
“We’re in one of those moments of backlash. And we didn’t get here overnight,” one Obama aide said, according to CNN. “People in power want us to believe that the rest of us are powerless to solve our problems through democracy. And when people stop showing up, like in 2010 and 2014 where fewer people voted, a vacuum forms, and a politics of fear and resentment fills that void.”
While it is unknown if Obama will mention Trump by name or not, he is expected to make a direct rebuke to Trump’s way of governing.
The entire speech can be viewed below, live at Noon EST.