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Obama Rips The Soul Out Of Trump’s Campaign While Speaking To Rutgers Grads

Last updated on July 17th, 2023 at 06:59 pm

In a masterful commencement speech at Rutgers University, President Obama ripped the fear-riddled soul out of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the Republican Party.

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Obama said:

Change has been a constant in our history, and the reason America is better is because we didn’t look backwards. We didn’t fear the future. We seized the future and made it our own. And that’s exactly why it has always been young people like you who have brought about big change because you don’t fear the future.

That leads me to my second point. The world is becoming more interconnected than ever before, and it is becoming more connected every day. Building walls won’t change that. Look, as president, my first responsibility is always the security and prosperity of the United States. As citizens, we all rightly put our country first. But if the past two decades taught us anything, it is that the biggest challenge we face cannot be solved in isolation.

When overseas states start falling apart, they become breeding grounds for terrorists and ideologies of nihilism and despair that ultimately can reach our shores. When developing countries don’t have functioning health systems, epidemics like Zika or Ebola can spread and threaten Americans too, and a wall won’t stop that. If we want to close loopholes that allow large corporations and wealthy individuals to avoid paying their fair share of taxes, we got to have the cooperation of other countries in a global financial system to help enforce financial laws.

Obama talked about the strain of anti-intellectualism running through the Republican Party, and said, “Class of 2016, let me be as clear as I can be. In politics and in life, ignorance is not a virtue. It’s not cool to not know what you’re talking about. That’s not keeping it real or telling like it is. That’s not challenging political correctness. That’s not knowing what you’re talking about.”

President Obama’s commencement speech struck at the heart of both Donald Trump’s candidacy and the Republican Party. At its core, the Republican Party is a party that fears the future. At the center of Trump’s campaign is a rejection and fear of change. Trump wants to build a wall and ban all Muslims because the nation’s demographics are changing.

Trump’s campaign slogan Make America Great is a call to take the country back to the past that Republicans believe better than our present and the future.

Obama speech at Rutgers was an argument against the anti-intellectual back to the past movement that is the GOP. Young people don’t support Donald Trump because he is not a leader for the future. Trump is the last wail of the conservative white male whose political and cultural dominance is becoming a relic of the past.

President Obama exposed the Trump campaign as the rageful reaction of a terrified older generation that is trying to reject the changing times.

Barack Obama is the changing face of America’s future, and that is why he was able to explain to the Class of 2016 why Republicans are walking down a fearful path to the past and refusing to embrace the inevitable change that is coming.

As his second term winds down, President Obama remains a visionary who is charting a path to a brighter American future.

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