President Obama on Wednesday used his first-ever visit to a U.S. mosque to decry "inexcusable" rhetoric against Muslims and call on the country to unite against religious intolerance.

Obama blamed Republican White House hopefuls for fueling anti-Muslim sentiment in the wake of terrorist attacks last year in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif.

He told the audience at the Islamic Society of Baltimore he's heard from countless young Muslims who fear they are "going to be rounded up" and thrown out of the country and other community members whose mosques have been vandalized.

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