Barack Obama is fanning the flames of Trump hysteria.
The former President on Tuesday called on Democrats to participate in the political process, making allusion to Nazi Germany–and seemingly comparing Donald Trump’s presidency to the rise of Adolf Hitler.
Obama made his remarks during a Climate event at the Economic Club of Chicago, hosted by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The summit brought together 45 American mayors who oppose President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, and who have vowed to establish a Paris-like climate agreement in their own cities.
Obama was President during the negotiation of the Paris accord. The 44th President spoke about the dangers of being “complacent” and related it to Nazi Germany, Crain’s Chicago Business reports.
“The danger is [to] grow complacent,” Obama 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. Sixty million people died … So, you’ve got to pay attention. And vote.”
Although Obama didn’t mention President Trump by name, his plea to vote lest the US befall the fate of Germany was a clear inference that the history he related has an application to modern American politics.
Obama told his audience to vote in such a way that will prevent a second Holocaust. And he certainly does not want his supporters voting for President Trump. Thus, the suggestion is that it is the Trump administration that would lead the US on a destructive path.
The former President also said the US must play a leading role in combating climate change. “Things don’t happen internationally if we don’t put our shoulder to the wheel,” he argued. “No other country has the experience and bandwith and ideals . . . If the U.S. doesn’t do it, it’s not going to happen.”
Additionally, Obama joking gave himself credit for economic growth that has taken place under President Trump.
“As we took these [climate] actions, we saw the US economy grow consistently. We saw the longest streak of job creation in American history by far. the streak that still continues, by the way. Thanks, Obama.”
Obama was cheered by the crowd in Chicago. But many on social media took issue with his indirect commentary on President Trump and his self-congratulation on the economy.
Trump is like Hitler but recognizes Jerusalem as jewish capital and jewish people celebrate Trump and America? I don’t remember the jews showing Hitler such appreciation and admiration.
— ByteMasterG4 (@ByteMasterG4) December 7, 2017
Straight out of the Rules for Radicals playbook. Accuse the other side of what you are doing. The 1930’s tactics are being used by your corrupt DOJ and FBI Barry!
— Hawk (@Taipan30) December 7, 2017
The ever increasing role of the state upon the lives of American individuals is far more consistent with fascism.
“You didn’t build that”. pic.twitter.com/ekY3BBaznX
— Gilles B (@GillesnFio) December 7, 2017
Don’t most FORMER presidents put themselves out to pasture? Pink slip has been given. To quote Ferris Bueller “It’s over! Buh bye!”?
— Erin Balogh (@erinebal29) December 7, 2017
He never stops patting himself on the back….
— Rick Mullins (@mullins_rick) December 6, 2017
I wish i would have seen some improvement from the Obama era ..the worst 8 yrs economically in my adult life#Truth
— ??Teresa??#MAGA (@tjhlfld) December 6, 2017
IF I could describe Obama in one word, it would be #delusional
— Damian Matthew Eudy (@DamianEudy) December 6, 2017
Obama dillusional & desperate. He is so not worth the time & him supposedly joking about taking credit for Trump’s job creation is laughable. He is a walking joke himself.
— Jonny Clawson (@ClawsonJonny79) December 6, 2017