Barack Obama appears to condemn 'shameless' Donald Trump

Brunilde Fioravanti
Luglio 18, 2018

"We see it in the growth of state-sponsored propaganda, we see it in internet-driven fabrications, in the blurring of lines between news and entertainment", Obama said. "I am not being alarmist I am simply stating the facts", he said, adding that "strongmen politics" are suddenly ascending. "If you start saying it's an elaborate hoax, I don't know where to start". "I can't find common ground if someone just says climate change isn't happening".

Former US president Barack Obama says there has been a reversal of the gains of freedom and democracy that swept the globe at the time former president Nelson Mandela was freed from prison and the Berlin Wall came crashing down.

"Populist movements, cynically funded by right-wing billionaires anxious about their own interests", Obama said.

"Unfortunately, too much of politics today seems to reject the very concept of objective truth. We have to believe in facts (another thing I didn't think I'd have to lecture about)", he said with a wry chuckle. "Whereby, elections and some pretenses of democracy are maintained [but] those in power seek to undermine every institution or norm that gives democracy meaning", Obama said at the event, which marked what would be the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela.

The "politics of fear, resentment, retrenchment" are on the move "at a pace unimaginable just a few years ago", Obama added. Obama administration officials say he did not want to be seen tipping the scales in Clinton's favor, despite the assessment of US intelligence agencies that Moscow was attempting to sow discord and boost Trump's chances. While President, Obama formed an accord created to reduce industrial espionage between China and the US, which was maintained by Trump's administration in 2017.

In delivering the annual Nelson Mandela Lecture before thousands of South Africans, Obama is expected to highlight how the Nobel Peace Prize victor, who was imprisoned for 27 years, kept up his campaign against what appeared to be insurmountable odds to end apartheid, South Africa's harsh system of white minority rule.

"People just make stuff up", he said.

"Politicians have always lied-but it used to be if you caught them lying, they'd be like "aw man", he said to laughter.

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Obama to make rare high-profile speech on Mandela's legacy

The lecture, organised by The Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Motsepe Foundation, is part of the centenary celebration of Nelson Mandela's birth.

"Even in the United States, founded on the declaration that all men are created equal, racial segregation and discrimination was a law in nearly half the country and the norm in throughout the rest", he continued.

In the wake of the 2016 presidential campaign, Obama was criticized for not speaking out more forcefully about Russia's attempts to interfere in the election.

Obama's speech followed remarks by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, and Mandela's widow, Graça Machel, formerly a freedom fighter and minister in Mozambique's government.

"Let me tell you what I believe".

Barack Obama has condemned Donald Trump for his "utter loss of shame" during his first major speech since leaving the White House.

Before Obama delivers his speech on Tuesday, the former president made a stop in Kenya on Monday to assist in the grand opening of a sports and fitness center.

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