Former President Barack Obama lectured Europeans Friday about rising nationalism on the continent and in America when addressing entrepreneurs in Denmark, and he also took an indirect stab at President Donald Trump’s environmental policy while speaking in Norway two days earlier.
Taking a break from the campaign trail endorsing Democratic candidates before November’s midterm elections, Obama toured Europe to spread his political agenda across the continent during a series of speaking engagements, bashing global and American trends that do not jive with his leftist worldview.
“I’m concerned enough about the international and American trends that I thought it was important to offer my views,” the 44th president expressed to a business forum in the city of Kolding in central Denmark, according to Breitbart News.
Equating nationalism to racism
Obama then pontificated on so-called social justice, equating pride in one’s own country with racism and bigotry – implying that Trump has been spurring racial tensions in America – even though the cultural divide in the United States began escalating during the eight years of the Democrat’s administration.
"When you start seeing our politics driven completely free of facts, when you start seeing a debate that is driven solely on racial or nationalistic impulses, when you start seeing a rejection of science and expertise and logic in politics … we are beyond the sort of politics that will continue our best traditions," the former president insisted to attendees, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP).
Slamming protected the borders
Earlier in the week to the south, Obama derided polities used by European nations to protect their citizens from Islamic terrorism and economic exploitation – and take advantage of welfare systems – at the hands of immigrants who have been readily accepted by many nations in an attempt to alleviate the so-called “refugee crisis” in the Middle East and Africa.
“[Obama also spoke] on the rise of Poland’s populist Law and Justice Party (PiS) and the Orban government in Hungary,” Breitbart News reported.
He took a stab at the right-wing party assuming power in Poland and condemned Hungary’s staunch anti-immigration government aimed at avoiding the Islamic terrorism that is rife in other European nations, such as France and the United Kingdom – which have both had numerous terrorist attacks killing dozens of citizens in recent years.
"[T]here is a shift that has implications for all of Europe," Obama warned, according to AFP. "When a population is passive and ill-informed and not paying attention, that's when there is the greatest danger."
Taking aim at Trump
Without directly stating his name, Obama continued to take pock shots at Trump throughout Europe in order to deride the Republican administration in the White House while lifting up the liberal policies he championed during his eight years in office.
“Relatively discreet since leaving the White House on January 20, 2017, the 44th President of the United States carefully avoided any direct reference to his successor Donald Trump,” AFP noted.
Obama indirectly attributed the racial, cultural and political tensions in America to Trump’s tough-on-immigration policies that have been administered to improve the economy and national security.
"Maybe we got more jolt and more change than we expected in the U.S.," Obama jeered, which drew the audience’s laughter.
The Democratic leader insinuated that he encouraged Americans to get involved in government during his administration before implying that Trump and like-minded conservative politicians do not adhere to their nation’s constitutions when championing nationalism.
“He expressed concern over a lack of citizen engagement in public life and underlined the importance in the United States, Europe and in other countries ‘to affirm the ideals of our constitution,’" the AFP added.
Pushing the Green agenda …
Obama also took the opportunity to criticize Trump for saving American taxpayers billions of dollars by not giving in to environmental extremism pushed through the global climate change agenda – specifically bashing the president for not buying into the international accord that the then-outgoing president championed and signed on to just months before leaving office.
“On Wednesday, Obama raised eyebrows at home after criticizing President Donald Trump’s position on climate change – citing the current administration’s move to pull out of the Paris Agreement signed in November 2016,” Breitbart’s Joshua Caplan recounted.
He addressed the Paris Agreement again while overseas in Europe, making those opposed to governments spending billions on climate change out to be modern-day criminals and enemies of the Earth.
“Obviously, Paris Accords were an important step in the right direction, but it was only a first step, and so much more work needs to be done,” Obama told the Oslo Business Forum in Norway, according to WhatsOnUpdate. “But, that requires a level of political and social commitment on the part of all of us – businesses, the non-profit sector, each of us individuals – that right now is not forthcoming. Unfortunately, we have a U.S administration that deals differently around these issues.”