President Obama also addressed benefits of immigration and working through racial divide.
By Sheryl Estrada
President Barack Obama on Wednesday night called out Donald Trump on his indifference to working people, diversity, inclusion and equality — key areas the president said are critical to advancing America.
During the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Obama brought up Trump’s track record in business, which he said does not support America’s workers.
“I know plenty of business men and women who’ve achieved remarkable success without leaving a trail of lawsuits and unpaid workers,” he said.
“Does anyone really believe that a guy who spent 70 years on this Earth showing no regard for working people is suddenly going to be your champion”
Obama also weighed in on the current discourse regarding support for both the Black Lives Matter movement and law enforcement, taking the tone that they are not mutually exclusive, but in fact share commonalities.
“We can work through racial divides in this country when we realize the worry Black parents feel when their son leaves the house isn’t so different than what a brave cop’s family feels when he puts on the blue and goes to work; that we can honor police and treat every community fairly,” he said.
‘We are stronger together’
Obama further reiterated that in order for the country to be more successful and stronger, it must truly embrace inclusion.
“I see Americans of every party, every background, every faith who believe that we are stronger together — Black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American; young and old; gay, straight, men, women, folks with disabilities, all pledging allegiance, under the same proud flag, to this big, bold country that we love.”
‘The American Dream is something no wall will ever contain’
“We can insist on a lawful and orderly immigration system while still seeing striving students and their toiling parents as loving families, not criminals or rapists; families that came here for the same reasons our forebears came — to work, and study, and make a better life, in a place where we can talk and worship and love as we please. [Hillary] knows their dream is quintessentially American, and the American Dream is something no wall will ever contain.”
American Values Are Not ‘Reserved for One Race’
Obama said American values were “passed down to a half-Kenyan grandson, or a half-Asian granddaughter; in fact, they were the same values Michelle’s parents, the descendants of slaves, taught their own kids living in a bungalow on the South Side of Chicago.
“What makes us American, what makes us patriots, is what’s in here [pointing to his chest]. That’s what matters. That’s why we can take the food and music and holidays and styles of other countries, and blend it into something uniquely our own. That’s why we can attract strivers and entrepreneurs from around the globe to build new factories and create new industries here.
“That’s why our military can look the way it does, every shade of humanity, forged into common service. That’s why anyone who threatens our values, whether fascists or communists or jihadists or homegrown demagogues, will always fail in the end.”