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NEW YORK– In response to recent in attacks made by Donald Trump, Rev. Jesse Jackson said the birther movement is an attack on the legitimacy of the nation’s first African-American president, and it calls upon “ancient racial fears.”

“Any discussion of his birthplace is a code word,” said Jackson. “It calls upon ancient racial fears.”

“Trump has trumpeted this cause. For him to go down this low is a bit surprising,” Jackson said, making explicit what many black leaders have suggested. “He is now tapping into code-word fears that go far beyond a rational discourse.”

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Jackson: Trump birth talk is race “code”

Rev. Jesse Jackson told POLITICO today that the birther movement is part of a larger pattern of rollbacks against civil rights and and an attack on the legitimacy of the nation’s first African-American president — reserving special ire for developer Donald Trump and his renewed interest in the conspiracy theory