In Montreal speech, Obama warns about appeal of authoritarianism

“In periods like this, people looking for control and certainty — it’s inevitable,” Obama told the Canadian audience. “But it is important to remember that the world has gone through similar moments. … Our history also shows there is a better way.”

He said people should overcome fear and not listen to those who “call for isolation or nationalism” and those who “suggest rolling back the rights of others.”

Obama’s comments set a different tone than Trump, who campaigned on an “America First” message and has called Americanism his “credo.”

“We’re also bound by the institutions that we built to keep the peace,” Obama said, referring to the UN, NATO and NAFTA.

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