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By Sheetal Sukhija | Saturday December 9, 2017
In veiled jab at Trump, Obama invokes Hitler's rise
In a thinly veiled jab at U.S. President Donald Trump, his predecessor and former U.S. President Barack Obama invoked Adolf Hitler’s rise in Nazi Germany. Obama warned in a speech in the Economic Club of Chicago about growing nativism in the United States. Obama urged voters to stay engaged in democracy, warning that complacency was responsible for the rise of Nazi Germany. The former President said, “We have to tend to this garden of democracy or else things could fall apart quickly. That's what happened in Germany in the 1930s which, despite the democracy of the Weimar Republic and centuries of high-level cultural and scientific achievements, Adolph Hitler rose to dominate.” In his speech, Obama pointed out that 60 million people died during the time, noting why it was important for people to pay attention and to vote. He added, “Now, presume there was a ballroom here in Vienna in the late 1920s or '30s that looked and seemed as if it, filled with the music and art and literature that was emerging, would continue into perpetuity. And then 60 million people died. An entire world was plunged into chaos. So you got to pay attention - and vote." The former President mentioned similar themes of responding to a changing political landscape...Read more