President Barack Obama is warning the world and America about a rising populism that he says is sweeping the planet, urging people to be vigilant about the future.
“We are going to have to guard against a rise in a crude sort of nationalism or ethnic identity or tribalism that is built around an ‘us’ and a ‘them,’” Obama said during a press conference in Greece.
He referred to World War I and World War II as the consequence of a rising sense of nationalism in Europe.
“We know what happens when Europeans start dividing themselves up and emphasizing their differences,” he said, calling the 20th century a “bloodbath” as a result.
He also warned Americans to be vigilant, citing the Civil War as a consequence of dividing the country “dangerously.”
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