In his ongoing quest to undermine President Trump’s administration, former president Barack Obama was in Canada on Tuesday, speaking out against what he sees as America’s descent into “extreme nationalism and xenophobia and the politics of ‘us-versus-them'” at an event hosted by the Montreal Board of Trade.
“In times of disruption we may go backward instead of forward,” Obama told the audience of approximately 6,000 fans. “We’re going to have to replace fear with hope.”
Obama’s speech was heavily peppered with criticisms about Trump’s White House, calling it a place “where we don’t just have disagreements based on our opinions, but now people are just disagreeing on facts.” He added, “And we’re in an environment where we are only accepting information that fits our opinions, instead of basing our opinions on the facts that we receive. And evidence and reason and logic.”
He even praised 18th-century European values as something “we should continue to promote” while he slammed Trump’s “America First” philosophy in favor of helping other countries.
Trump’s administration makes Obama worry about “intolerance and tribalism and organizing ourselves along ethnic lines.”
According to Obama:
“The disruptions that are happening globally are going to continue to accelerate, and what’s more, in an age of instant information, where TV and Twitter can feed us a steady stream of bad news – and sometimes fake news – it can seem like the international order that we’ve created is being constantly tested, and that the center may not hold.
And in some cases, that leads people to search for certainty and control, and they can call for isolationism or nationalism, or they can consider rolling back the rights of others, or simply they can try to retreat and suggest that we have no obligations beyond our borders, or beyond our communities, beyond our tribe. That what’s good for me and my immediate people is all that matters. Everybody else is on their own.”
Thunderous applause erupted when Obama brought up the Paris climate treaty, saying it’s “an agreement that, even with the temporary absence of American leadership, will still give our children a fighting chance.”
And when it comes to sheltering refugees, Obama repeated his mantra of “that’s who we are” and claimed that it can be done “in an orderly way.”
According to Obama, ‘If our people feel that immigration is disorderly, then we put at risk our ability to welcome immigrants because we see sometimes political backlash.”
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