President Barack Obama on Sunday criticized the populist campaign of Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, decrying “anti-intellectualism” and noting that “ignorance is not a virtue.”
Obama did not specifically name the brash New York real estate developer during his remarks at a university graduation ceremony in New Jersey, but it was clear he was referring to the candidate who is running on a slogan of “Make America Great Again!”
The Democrat told students not to pine for an American golden age of years past, saying, “The good old days were not all that good,” as he pointed out problems with racial discrimination, poverty and lack of equality for women.
“The world is more interconnected than ever before and it is becoming more connected every day. Building walls won’t change things,” Obama said, an apparent jab at Trump’s calls for a wall along the US-Mexico border to keep illegal immigrants out.