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President Obama Scolds Donald Trump for Focus on Muslims

Jan 12, 2016

President Obama had some strong words for Republican candidates—especially party frontrunner Donald Trump—who have been warning that Muslims pose a threat in the United States.

"We need to reject any politics that targets people because of race or religion," he said. "This isn’t a matter of political correctness. It’s a matter of understanding what makes us strong."

Trump proposed a temporary ban on all Muslims from entering the United States after the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., and he often mocks the positions of his opponents as "politically correct."

Obama warned that Trump and others could hurt the country. "When politicians insult Muslims, when a mosque is vandalized, or a kid bullied, that doesn’t make us safer. That’s not telling it like it is," he said. "It’s just wrong. It diminishes us in the eyes of the world. It makes it harder to achieve our goals. And it betrays who we are as a country."

Trump seemed unfazed by the jab.

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