Bernie Sanders calls Trump racist, sexist, homophobic and xenophobic

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Speaking at the National Action Network legislative conference, Sen. Bernie Sanders blasted President Trump, calling him a racist, a sexist, a homophobe, a xenophobe and a religious bigot, reports The Atlantic's Edward-Isaac Dovere.

"We have a president who is a racist, a president who is a sexist, a president who is a homophobe, and a president who is a xenophobe, and a president who is a religious bigot. It gives me no joy to tell you that. But it is the truth and we need to confront that."

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Hate crimes jumped 17% in 2017

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There were 7,175 incidents of hate crimes reported in 2017 — a 17% increase from the 6,121 incidents in 2016 — according to newly released FBI data.

By the numbers: More than half of the hate crimes reported last year were motivated by race. Race-based hate crimes increased by more than 18%, and a majority of the victims were African-Americans. Crimes due to religious bias also increased — around 60% of the 1,564 religion-based hate crimes were against Jewish people.

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