CHICAGO - Former President of the United States (US) Barack Obama said that democracy in his country is threatened and very fragile, similar to when the Nazis in Germany took power in the 1930s.
Speaking at a question and answer session at the Economic Club of Chicago on December 6, Obama warned against voter satisfaction.
"We have to tend to this democracy park or something else can get messy," he said in the speech, as reported by Crain's Chicago Business, quoted on Saturday (9/12/2017).
"That's what happened in Germany in the 1930s, despite the democracy of the Weimar Republic and centuries of high-level cultural and scientific achievements, Adolf Hitler rose to dominate," Obama continued.
"Sixty million people died," he added. "So you have to pay attention. And vote. "
Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in January 1933 after rising to power through the Reichstag.
Hitler's rise to power was seen as a dramatic failure of democracy in the Weimar Republic.
Obama did not name Donald Trump in his speech. However, President Trump has been widely accused of sparking anti-Muslim sentiment across the United States, including the latest one in which he spread anti-Muslim videos from the right wing of Britain over the weekend. Politicians from Britain compactly condemn Trump's actions.
Obama in his speech also spoke about the importance of the US role in international development. "Things do not happen internationally if we do not put our shoulders on the wheel," he said.
"No other country has experience, bandwidth and aspirations. If the US does not do it, it will not happen, "Obama added.
A few days ago, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel told Deutsche Welle that the US is losing influence in the world because of Trump's leadership.
"The US is no longer seeing the world as a global community, but as a battleground where everyone has to make a profit on their own," Gabriel said.
"Germany can no longer react to US policy but must set its own position, even after Trump leaves the White House, relations with the US will never be the same," he said.
The US president was also accused of being careless after he officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and declared his intention to move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.