U.S. President Barack Obama sharply criticized divisive presidential campaign rhetoric, saying it is detached from ''reason and facts'' and ''corrodes'' America's democracy. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday sharply criticized divisive rhetoric and violence that has characterized the 2016 presidential campaign, saying that it "corrodes" America's democracy. Obama has called for greater civility in the political discourse several times in recent weeks. Speaking at a prize ceremony for political reporting, Obama attacked what he called the "divisive and vulgar rhetoric" that has targeted women and minorities. Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has been widely criticized for making derogatory remarks about Latinos and women and for calling for a ban on Muslims entering the country. The Republican race has also at times descended into mudslinging and personal insults. Obama said on Monday that the campaigns and candidates have at times become "entirely untethered to reason and facts and analysis".