Former President Barack Obama warned on Monday against leaders feeding a “climate of fear” through their rhetoric as the United States mourned 31 people killed in two-weekend mass shootings.
“We should soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments,” Barack Obama said in a rare statement.
He did not specifically name President Donald Trump
, who has been accused in the wake of the massacres in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio of fanning the flames of intolerance through his anti-immigrant rhetoric.
But Obama singled out leaders who “demonize those who don’t look like us
, or suggest that other people, including immigrants, threaten our way of life, or refer to other people as sub-human, or imply that America belongs to just one certain type of people.”
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