Former President Obama warned against people “grow(ing) complacent” in the midst of mounting nativism in the U.S. and throughout the world during a Q&A session at the Economic Club of Chicago on Tuesday, noting the rise of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, according to ChicagoBusiness.com.
“We have to tend to this garden of democracy or else things could fall apart quickly,” Obama said.
“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,” he continued.
“Sixty million people died. … So, you’ve got to pay attention. And vote.”
The Hill added:
While some could see the remark as a veiled jab at President Trump, Obama did not mention Trump by name during the event, according to ChicagoBusiness.
Critics of Trump say his rhetoric has fueled nationalist sentiment in the U.S. and anti-Muslim sentiment.