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Obama casts Trump philosophy as one of ignorance, isolation

Barack Obama slammed Donald Trump’s positions on immigration, trade and Muslims as part of an ignorance-and-isolation philosophy that will lead the U.S. down the path of decline

Allie Malloy for CNN reports: President Barack Obama took aim Sunday at presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump while delivering the commencement address at Rutgers University, telling graduates to tout their knowledge, not brag about their ignorance. Though he didn't name Trump, Obama's target was apparent.

"In politics and in life, ignorance is not a virtue," he told the more than 12,000 graduates in New Brunswick, New Jersey. "It's not cool to not know what you're talking about. That's not keeping it real or telling it like it is. That's not challenging political correctness. That's just not knowing what you're talking about. And yet we've become confused about this."

Obama’s remarks in the University correlated to his previous talks in which he also has not failed to condemn Trump’s rhetoric, also without directly addressing or naming him. The President added that the people of America should stand up to those who say that America was better in the past and dismissed the idea of building walls.

"I guess it's part of human nature -- especially in times of change and uncertainty -- to want to look backwards and long for some imaginary past when everything worked, and the economy hummed and all politicians were wise and every child was well-mannered and America pretty much did whatever it wanted around the world," Obama said. "Guess what? It ain't so. The good old days weren't all that good."

The President also denounced the idea that Muslims should be banned from entering the U.S.

"Isolating or disparaging Muslims, suggesting that they should be treated differently when it comes to entering this country, that is not just a betrayal of our values. That's not just a betrayal of who we are -- it would alienate the very communities at home and abroad who are our most important partners in the fight against extremism," the President said.

 

By Stefan Paraber for GIA.

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