Obama Calls On All Americans To Protect Democracy
Former President Barack Obama has called on all Americans to be vigilant in their defense of democracy or risk following the path of Nazi Germany in the 1930s, urging voters to “throw ourselves into the task of rebuilding our democratic institutions.”
At a speech earlier this week, the former president told the Economic Club of Chicago that “things can fall apart fairly quickly” if Americans don’t “tend to this garden of democracy,” Politico reports.
Obama pointed to Hitler’s rise to power in Germany as he implored the audience to “pay attention … and vote.”
The former president also defended the media. He said the press “often drove me nuts” but that he understood that a free press was vital to democracy.
“Democracy can buckle when we give in to fear,” Obama said. “So just as we, as citizens, must remain vigilant, we must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are.”
Obama is not the only American leader who is deeply concerned about the erosion of American democracy under President Trump.
Earlier this year, former director of national intelligence James Clapper warned that American democracy is “under assault” by Donald Trump and Russia, saying that the firing of FBI director James Comey was “another victory” for Vladimir Putin.
Mr. Clapper expressed dismay over the abrupt firing of Mr. Comey amid a probe into Moscow’s meddling in the US election and its possible ties with members of the Trump campaign, which historians said was an “unprecedented act of presidential imperialism”.
“I think as well our democratic institutions are under assault internally,” Mr. Clapper said, according to The Independent.
And just two weeks ago, Former NSA and CIA Director Michael Hayden slammed President Trump for attacking journalists, calling it “an outrageous assault” on the First Amendment.