Without mentioning President Donald Trump’s name, former President Barack Obama criticized the Trump administration Thursday evening at a Democratic National Committee dinner gala fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

“To a large degree, we are seeing a competition between two stories,” Obama told DNC Chairman Tom Perez in remarks reported by the Los Angeles Times.

“There’s the story that is based largely on fear, and there is a story based largely in hope. There’s the story that says we’re in it together, and there’s the story that says there’s an us and a them.”

“There’s a fundamental contrast of how we view the world and I think we are seeing the consequences of when one vision is realized, or at least in charge.

“The good news is that it is entirely within to our power to solve it. The simple message right now is that if people participate and they vote, then this democracy works.”

Obama opened his remarks by saying he was “heartbroken” about Thursday’s shooting at an Annapolis, Maryland newspaper that left five dead.

“I am hopeful that each time one of these tragedies strikes we remind ourselves that this is preventable,” Obama said. “It’s not inevitable.

“That America is not the only nation on Earth that has people who are troubled or violent, but we are unique in the weapons that those people can deploy. And it’s costly.”

There was no immediate response to an email sent late Thursday night to a Republican National Committee official seeking comment.

Reporters were briefly allowed in to listen to the 48-minute discussion between Obama and Perez. The rest of the event was closed to the news media, according to The Times.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, his father, former Los Angeles County District Attorney Gil Garcetti, and former Gov. Gray Davis were among the approximately 200 people attending the event at the Beverly Hills home of Allan Mutchnik, CAO of the retail discount tool chain Harbor Freight Tools, and his wife Nicole.

Ticket packages were priced from $2,700 to $100,000 for the fundraiser that also included a performance by Grammy Award-winning pop singer Christina Aguilera.

Donors giving or raising $100,000 received five dinner tickets with premium seating, admission to photo and host receptions, membership in the DNC National Finance Committee and admission to two additional “marquee events,” according to an invitation obtained by City News Service.

There were also ticket packages priced at $15,000 and $33,900, which both include two tickets to the dinner, admission to the photo reception and membership to the DNC National Finance Committee.

The $33,900 package included preferred seating for the dinner and preferred access to the photo reception.

A “reception ticket” — good for admittance to the “performance and speaking program” — was priced at $2,700. Dinner was not included. The price coincided with the maximum individual contribution per federal candidate per election.

The event was Obama’s second appearance at a Democratic fundraising event in the Los Angeles area since leaving office in 2017. He spoke at a Beverly Hills fundraiser May 6 benefiting the re-election campaign of Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri.

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