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Mike Pence Slams Obama: 'Very Disappointing' to See Former-President 'Become So Political'

Vice President Mike Pence slammed Barack Obama for returning to the campaign trail, saying that it was “very disappointing” to see the former president “become so political.”

In a Fox News interview set to air on Sunday, Pence criticized the former president for rolling out the same “tired argument” that liberals have espoused for almost a decade.

"The truth is, the American people in 2016 rejected the policy and direction of Barack Obama when they elected President Donald Trump,” Pence said.

“It was very disappointing to see President Obama break with the tradition of former presidents, and become so political and roll out the same tired argument that he and liberals have made over the last eight years.”

The teaser for Pence’s interview was released just a day after Obama returned to the political stage by giving a speech where he sternly rebuked President Donald Trump and his administration.

At the University of Illinois on Friday, Obama said Trump capitalized “on resentments politicians have been fanning for years," without naming the president.

"A fear, an anger that’s rooted in our past, but it's also born of the upheavals that have taken place in your brief lifetimes," Obama added.

Trump’s predecessor then went on to reference Trump’s reluctance to condemn those who peddled Nazi beliefs. “We are Americans, we’re supposed to stand up to bullies. Not follow them. We’re supposed to stand up to discrimination, and we’re sure as heck supposed to stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathizers,” Obama said.

“How hard can that be?” the former president continued. “Saying that Nazis are bad?”

During a different speech given at a campaign rally in Anaheim, California, on Saturday, Obama continued to attack Trump for dividing Americans, turning them on each other and scapegoating others for his mistakes.

“It’s always tempting for politicians for their own gain and for people in power to try to see if they can divide people, scapegoat folks, turn them on each other, because when that happens you get gridlock and government doesn’t work and people get cynical and decide to not participate," Obama said.

"That, unfortunately, has been a spiral we’ve been on for the last couple of years,”  he added. “If we don’t step up, things can get worse.”

RTS1YN3T U.S. Vice President Mike Pence delivers a speech at the Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) in Washington, U.S., August 24, 2018. Pence told Fox News that it was "very disappointing" to see Obama "break with the tradition of former presidents, and become so political." Reuters/Chris Wattie

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