Former President Barrack Obama suggested in a new interview that the Republican efforts to change voting laws are effectively them “rigging” the system.
While taking part in a virtual discussion at the Economic Club of Chicago, Obama claimed that Republicans have embraced “patently false” claims that the 2020 election was stolen before slamming them for instituting “voter suppression methods” through state legislatures.
“That’s the kind of dangerous behavior we are going to have to push back on,” Obama said, according to NBC News.“This really has to do with the basic rules well all have agreed to, to keep this diverse, multiracial democracy functioning. Are we going to stick to those rules or are we gonna start rigging the game in a way that breaks it? And that’s not going to be good for business, not to mention for our soul.”
Not stopping there, Obama then called on the corporate community to fight back against these laws.
“I think the corporate community has a responsibility to at least call folks out on that, because this transcends policy,” he said. “This really has to do with the basic rules by which we all have agreed to keep this diverse multiracial democracy functioning.”
During this same discussion, Obama said he wanted to “acknowledge” that not enough was done on his watch to deal with the rise of “right-wing populism,” forces that led to the election of Trump and Trumpism, according to The Chicago Sun Times.
“We did not effectively enough address very real concerns about economic inequality fast enough,” Obama said. “We have to go more quickly to give people some sense that if they work hard, they are able to succeed, and their kids will be doing as well if not better than they are.”
Obama added that “one of the threats to democracy is when people don’t feel as if the language of politics is one that speaks to their sense of identity and culture, and who they are.”
“At times, technocratic policymakers neglected to recognize that it is not just about policy but about how you feel,” Obama said. “The hard right has tapped into this sense of identity that is based on nativism, or anger, or resentment, or racial status. Combating that is just as important as delivering on economic policy.”