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In a statement released Sunday evening to mark the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, President Obama pledged his commitment to "safeguarding the civil rights of all Americans no matter their religion or appearance."

Without mentioning presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump by name, Obama highlighted America's "Muslim communities [that are] as diverse as our nation itself."

"I stand firmly with Muslim American communities in rejection of the voices that seek to divide us or limit our religious freedoms or civil rights. I stand committed to safeguarding the civil rights of all Americans no matter their religion or appearance. I stand in celebration of our common humanity and dedication to peace and justice for all," Obama said.


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