Obama takes veiled swipe at Trump at Capitol Hill ceremony

President Barack Obama speaks with House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. in Emancipation Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, during a commemoration ceremony for the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which abolished slavery in the U.S. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama took a veiled swipe at Donald Trump during a Capitol Hill ceremony Wednesday to mark the 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery.

Obama said the current generation of American must be willing to do what earlier generations did when it came to personal freedom and religion — namely, “to remember that our freedom is bound up with the freedom of others, regardless of what they look like, or where they come from, or what their last name is or what faith they practice.”

The president drew a standing ovation for his remarks.

Trump, the Republican front-runner for president, wants to block Muslims from entering the United States.

Obama said Americans will betray their past if “we were to deny the possibility of movement, the possibility of progress, if we were to let cynicism consume us and fear overwhelm us.”

He recounted how slavery shaped American politics and nearly tore the country apart during the Civil War.

Scars from that war remain, he said, adding that Americans should push back against bigotry in all forms.


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