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Obama accuses Donald Trump of scaring America's children

Obama accuses Donald Trump of scaring America's children

Nick Allen | Telegraph

President Barack Obama launched an outspoken attack on Donald Trump last night, accusing the billionaire of damaging America's image around the world and scaring the country's children.

Mr Obama said he was "dismayed by the vicious atmosphere in our politics" and the use of "vulgar and divisive rhetoric aimed at women, minorities and Americans who don't look like us".

He said: "This is about the American brand. Why would we want to tarnish that? Who are we? How are we perceived around the world? The world pays attention to what we say and what we do.

"This is not an accurate reflection of America and it has to stop. This corrosive behaviour can undermine our democracy, our society, and even our economy. Too often we've accepted this as somehow the new normal. All of us are responsible for reversing it."

Mr Obama said children should not be "afraid" to go to political rallies, adding: "We should not have to explain to them this darker side of politics."

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