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O’Malley: Trump’s immigration talk ‘racist’ and ‘fascist’

Former Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-Md.) is blasting Donald Trump’s remarks on immigration as “fascist” and “racist.”

“When Donald Trump says all Mexicans are rapists and murderers, that’s not being a leader, that’s not solving problems,” he told the No Labels’s Problem Solver Promise conference in Manchester, N.H. via satellite on Monday.

{mosads}“There are other adjectives for that — one of them being racist,” the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate continued.

“When Donald Trump says things like, ‘Let’s issue an ID card for all Muslim Americans,’ that’s not bringing people together, that’s not solving problems. That’s called making a fascist appeal.”

O’Malley and Trump are two of six presidential contenders to take the No Labels problem solver promise, pledging to work across the aisle on at least one of the group’s policy initiatives in their first 30 days if elected.

But O’Malley used his speech before the group’s conference to criticize Trump’s inclusion.

“Quite honestly, I think you are watering down and dumbing down your problem solver label when you bestow it on someone like Donald Trump,” he said.

He added that Trump is out of touch with young voters.

“When I talk to Americans all across the country under 30, you don’t see them wanting to slam America’s door in the face of Syrian refugees fleeing genocide,” O’Malley said.

“You don’t see young Americans wanting to bash new American immigrants like Donald Trump and you don’t see young people wanting to deny rights to gay couples or their kids.”

The other candidates who have joined in the No Labels pledge are Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Govs. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) and John Kasich (R-Ohio) and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a Republican.

The Problem Solver pledge states that candidates will achieve one of four goals during their first month as president: trying to create 20 million jobs over the next 10 years, secure Social Security and Medicaid for the next 75 years, balance the federal budget by 2030 or make America energy secure by 2024.

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