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Obama says US could ‘fall apart quickly,’ notes rise of Hitler as example — and avoids Trump mention

Obama says US could ‘fall apart quickly,’ notes rise of Hitler as example — and avoids Trump mention

Greg Hinz, who covered the event for Crain’s Chicago Business, called Obama’s remarks “jaw-dropping.” He also caught the thinly veiled connection to the present commander-in-chief, noting on Twitter regarding Obama’s statements, “Take that, @realDonaldTrump”:

Obama’s comments came during an onstage chat with Ariel Investments President Mellody Hobson at the Economic Club of Chicago, Hinz said.

After Obama noted a nativist lack of trust that has swept around the globe of late, Hinz said the former president brought up the necessity of a free press in order to preserve American democracy.

Obama noted 1930s Germany and Hitler’s rise to power, Hinz reported, adding that Obama said, “Sixty million people died” — presumably a reference to the carnage of World War II that followed.

Instead they all were deeply critical of the former president, calling him a “charlatan,” a “fascist” and a “Marxist.”

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