Justin Trudeau’s first-ever speech to the United Nations General Assembly took a moment to throw some not-so-sublte shade in Donald Trump’s direction, referencing his exploitative campaign tactics. Watch his speech here!
Yikes! Justin Trudeau, 44, wasn’t holding anything back when he spoke before the U.N. on Sept. 20. Only three minutes into his speech, Canada’s Prime Minister indirectly blasted the republican presidential candidate, raising questions about Trump’s, 70, controversial style of politics and malicious intent.
In the speech, the Prime Minister claims that leaders of the world are often faced with “citizen’s anxiety,” but ultimately, as global citizens “we have a choice to make.” “Do we exploit that anxiety or do we allay it?” the politician asked the room.
“Exploiting it is easy. But in order to allay it, we need to be prepared to answer some very direct questions… What will help to make the world a more safer, peaceful place?” Although he acknowledged that a peaceful world is pretty difficult to achieve, Justin suggested changes to the global, economic situation, adding that “a fair and successful world is a peaceful one.”
And towards the halfway mark of his speech, Justin spoke about Canada’s belief for a better future. “We believe we should confront anxiety with a clear plan to deal with its root causes… Because what is the alternative,” he continued. “To exploit anxiety? To turn it into fear and blame? To reject others because they look, or speak, or pray differently than we do?” Wow, that sounds a little familiar!
So the Prime Minister failed to plug in Donald’s name during his 12-minute speech, but it’s pretty clear he was pointing a finger in the Republican’s direction. Specifically, when Justin mentioned “exploiting anxiety” and rejecting others because of the way they look, speak, or what religions they practice, it sounded a lot like Trump’s previous campaign notes, which have often criticized specific demographics, including women, Mexicans, and the disabled community.
And Prime Minister Trudeau wasn’t the only politician to indirectly mention Trump in his speech. President Obama, 55, also followed a similar trend. “Today, a nation ringed by walls would only imprison itself,” Obama said, referencing Trump’s plans to build a wall along the Mexican border. “So the answer cannot be a simple rejection of global integration. Instead, we must work together to make sure the benefits of such integration are broadly shared.”
In recently weeks, polls have tightened in the U.S. presidential race between Donald and Hillary Clinton, 69, according to the Huffington Post. There is currently a debate on what’s driving Trump voters — whether it’s anxiety, as Justin mentions or a combination of other factors. Maybe the Prime Minister’s words will allow citizens to start asking the more “direct questions.”
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of Justin Trudeau’s speech? Do you think he was dissing Trump?