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Obama Takes Veiled Shots At Donald Trump And Political Climate

President Obama spoke at Rutgers University on Sunday where he strongly criticized the political climate, in addition to taking indirect shots at the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Obama said, "The world is more interconnected than ever before, and it's becoming more connected every day. Building walls won't change that." He received cheers and applause from the audience of over 17,000 graduates. Obama continued, "To help ourselves, we've got to help others. Not pull up the drawbridge and try to keep the world out."

Obama didn't mention Trump by name, but he criticized those who suggested keeping Muslims out of the country. Obama argued, "Isolating or disparaging Muslims, suggesting they should be treated differently when it comes to entering this country ... it would alienate the very communities at home and abroad who are most important in fighting the war against extremism."

Obama then went after what he called "anti-intellectualism" by saying, "Facts, evidence, reason, logic and understanding of science, those are good things. These are qualities you want in people making policy."

Obama added, "We traditionally have valued those things, but if you were to listen to today's political debate, you might wonder where this strain of anti-intellectualism came from. So, class of 2016, let me be clear as I can be: In politics and in life, ignorance is not a virtue. It's not cool to not know what you're talking about."

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