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July 17, 2018
Obama Criticizes President Trump In Africa
By 1600 Staff
Barack Obama couldn’t resist the urge to criticize President Trump in his recent South Africa speech.
Former Pres. Barack Obama says we are in “strange and uncertain times”: “With each day’s news cycles bringing more head-spinning and disturbing headlines, I thought maybe it would be useful to step back for a moment and try to get some perspective” https://t.co/s4drXPlcRDpic.twitter.com/AWxnanNsNf
“Populist movements, cynically funded by right-wing billionaires worried about their own interests,” Obama said. “These movements tapped the unease that was felt by so many people who live outside of urban course. That their social status and privileges were eroding … threatened by outsiders, those who don’t look like them or sound like them.”
Obama added that the “politics of fear and resentment and retrenchment” have begun to “appear.” “I’m not being alarmist. I’m simply stating the facts. Look around—strongman politics are ascendant, suddenly, whereby elections and some pretense of democracy are maintained, the form of it, where those in power seek to undermine every institution or norm that gives democracy meaning,” he said.
Obama also blasted what he described as “barely hidden racial nationalism.”
Obama was in South Africa to deliver the 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg, South Africa on Tuesday. He called for the Universal Basic Income, and at the same time, oddly praised the value of work. His remarks were thinly veiled criticism against the president on foreign soil.