On Monday, the office of former President Barack Obama released a statement to share his support of the protests happening around the country, saying that “American values are at stake.”
Kevin Lewis, a spokesperson for the former President, said that Obama is “heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country.”
“In his final official speech as President, he spoke about the important role of citizen and how all Americans have a responsibility to be the guardians of our democracy,” he continued, “not just during an election but everyday.”
He also added that citizens “exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake.”
He then went on to say the former President disagrees with the notion of discrimination.
“With regard to comparisons to President Obama’s foreign policy decisions, as we’ve heard before, the President fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion,” the statement concluded.