“Class of 2016, let me be as clear as I can be: In politics and in life, ignorance is not a virtue,” said Obama, a remark “widely interpreted” as criticism of Trump.
Without naming the presumptive Republican nominee, Obama slammed a number of key Trump policies, including “building walls,” “disparaging Muslims” and “not knowing what you’re talking about.” From CBS News:
“Facts. Evidence. Reason. Logic. An understanding of science,” Mr. Obama said. “These are good things. These are qualities you want in people making policy. These are qualities you want to continue to cultivate in yourselves as citizens.”
“We traditionally have valued those things, but if you were listening to today’s political debate, you might wonder where this strain of anti-intellectualism came from,” he continued. “So class of 2016, let me be as 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. That’s not keeping it real or telling it like it is. That’s not challenging political correctness, that’s just not knowing what you’re talking about. And yet we’ve become confused about this.”
“Have faith in democracy,” said Obama, acknowledging “it’s not always pretty” as a dark, faintly orange shadow presumably crept overhead.