B arack Obama urged Americans to defend democracy in a speech before the Economic Club of Chicago in which he seemed to use the rise of Adolf Hitler as a warning against the rise of bigotry and nativism under the president Donald Trump. 19659002] Although he did not refer to Trump by name, he brought accusations that a former president was comparing the current president to one of the most vilified leaders in history.
In Tuesday's speech, Obama told his audience that the danger was to "grow [ing] complacent," according to the newspaper Crain & # 39; s Chicago Business.
"We have to attend to this garden of democracy or things could fall apart quickly," he said during a question and answer session.
Despite the democracy of the Weimar Republic, he added, Adolf Hitler came to power.