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Obama: ‘Democracy itself’ at stake in poll

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event in support of U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Cleveland on Friday.

AFP-Jiji CLEVELAND (AFP-Jiji) — U.S. President Barack Obama warned Friday that American “democracy itself” is on the ballot in November’s presidential election, as White House concern grows about the lasting impact of Republican Donald Trump’s scorched-earth campaign.

At a fiery campaign event for Democrat Hillary Clinton in Cleveland, Obama trashed Trump as a dictator-in-the-making, but also voiced concerns about how Trump’s legion of supporters might react to a possible election defeat.

Trump has in the past week declared himself free from the shackles of normal political etiquette and hurled a series of highly inflammatory accusations against Clinton and her husband.

“Civility is on the ballot” on Nov. 8, Obama told a group of largely young voters in the swing state of Ohio.

“Tolerance is on the ballot,” he continued. “Courtesy is on the ballot. Honesty is on the ballot. Equality is on the ballot. Kindness is on the ballot. All the progress we made in the last eight years is on the ballot.

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