Folks are smarter than Obama thinks.

Via The Hill:

President Obama is pushing for greater civility in politics while acknowledging the harsh rhetoric that has so far dominated political discourse in the final year of his presidency.

“My faith in the generosity and fundamental goodness of the American people is rewarded every day. But I’ll be the first to admit that the tone of our politics hasn’t gotten better, but worse,” Obama said in his weekly address taped during a visit to the Illinois State Senate and released Saturday.

“Too many people feel like the system is rigged, and their voices don’t matter. And when good people are pushed away from participating in our public life, more powerful and extreme voices will fill the void,” Obama said, emphasizing remarks he made earlier this week at the Illinois State Capitol.

“The good news is there’s also a lot we can do about this, from reducing the influence of money in our politics, to changing the way we draw congressional districts, to simply changing the way we treat each other,” the president added.

His call for unity comes amid fierce debate among those running to replace him, especially between the two Democrats vying to carry the progressive mantle.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders sparred over their respective support of Obama during a debate Thursday night, with Clinton accusing Sanders of not sufficiently supporting the president.

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