Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersHarris presses young people to vote early in Iowa trip Dems lower expectations for 'blue wave' Election Countdown: Takeaways from heated Florida governor's debate | DNC chief pushes back on 'blue wave' talk | Manchin faces progressive backlash | Trump heads to Houston rally | Obama in Las Vegas | Signs of huge midterm turnout MORE on Wednesday slammed presumptive GOP nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to fundraise for 3 Republicans running for open seats: report Trump to nominate former Monsanto exec to top Interior position White House aides hadn’t heard of Trump's new tax cut: report MORE for amplifying racism in the country.


"Because of the rise of Trumpism, if you like, suddenly a lot of the racism that had been kind of pushed down is now popping up again," Sanders said at a forum with Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders in California Wednesday.

Sanders said the country has a history of dealing with racism and continued to criticize Trump for the role he's played in intensifying the issue.

"I have talked to Muslims who tell me that their children are now afraid to walk the streets and people are fearful" for their lives, Sanders said. "This cannot and must not be allowed to go on in the United States of America."

Trump has faced backlash for calling for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the country and for his proposal to build a wall along the Mexican border.

Some Democratic leaders have called the presumptive GOP nominee racist, and many have condemned his rhetoric.