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Obama rips 'bigotry' and 'xenophobia' with Ramadan message
by Nolan D. McCaskill
President Barack Obama sent a message to Donald Trump on Wednesday in a statement marking the end of Ramadan, calling on Americans to renew their commitment to protecting Muslim Americans against bigotry and xenophobia.
"Muslim Americans have been part of our American family since its founding," Obama said in a statement released by the White House on the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr. "This Eid, we recommit to protecting Muslim Americans against bigotry and xenophobia, while celebrating the contributions of Muslim Americans around the country, including one of our finest, the People's Champion Muhammad Ali, to whom we bade farewell this Ramadan."
Eid celebrations remind the country that it was built by people of all backgrounds, said Obama, who praised Muslim Americans for making America stronger before acknowledging a series of recent attacks around the world "that broke our hearts and tried our souls."
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