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Were former President Obama’s comments to Economic Club of Chicago out of line?

Screenshot from CNN's YouTube video: Obama invokes Nazi Germany in warning to US

The relationship between former President Barack Obama and the political right has never been good. In addition, his relationship with his successor, President Donald Trump, going back to the early days of his time in office, was never good either. Recently, Obama was at an event at the Economic Club of Chicago, where he warned voters to stay engaged for the safety of democracy in this country, and that complacency was what led to the rise of Nazi Germany. In his remarks, that have surfaced on video, reported on by CNN, the former president said, “You have to tend to this garden of democracy, otherwise things can fall apart fairly quickly. And we’ve seen societies where that happens.” He further 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,” Obama said. “So you got to pay attention — and vote.” His remarks have been seen by many across the political spectrum as directed at President Trump. Given how his remarks were seen, a question comes to mind. Were Obama’s comments out of line?

CNN showing former President Obama’s remarks and discussing them:

The Issue

Were former President Obama’s comments out of line? Were his comments correct, and needed at this time? Or, were they an unnecessary and cheap political attack on President Trump?

Page 2: Arguments that Obama’s comments were not out of line

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