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Actress Mandy Moore calls Trump a racist

AAP logoAAP 27/09/2016 Danielle McGrane

Actress Mandy Moore said Donald Trump is a racist and finds it scary that he has a chance to become the next president of the US.

As the first presidential debate airs between Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton on Monday evening in the US, Moore said she would be tuning in.

"I'm going to watch it and nervously pace around the room like a crazy person," Moore told AAP.

She's been so invested in the election, she said, because "there's so much at stake".

"It's crazy walking around the streets of New York today, it's all anybody was talking about when I was passing people on the street," she said.

Moore is currently promoting her upcoming TV family drama This Is Us, but found it hard not to get sidetracked as she expressed genuine concern that Trump could be her next president.

"There's a big enough majority here where it's definitely a scary prospect to think that he has a real legitimate shot and friends of mine are even saying 'I think he's going to win' not that they want him to, and it just feels ominous," she said.

"It's really hard to wrap your brain around. I can't imagine that there are enough people, more than half of the people in this country, that are willing to take a shot at someone who's so wildly inexperienced and who's so blatantly racist and prejudiced."

Many US celebrities have taken action during this presidential campaign and put their weight behind Clinton.

Singers Katy Perry, Alicia Keys and Paul Simon showed their support for Clinton by performing at the Democratic National Convention earlier this year, which is also where actresses Lena Dunham and America Ferrera, and comedian Sarah Silverman all called for people to get behind Clinton.

Kim Kardashian even spoke out this week to clarify that she will be voting for Clinton after an interview in Wonderland quoted her as saying she was "on the fence" about who to vote for.

Moore is also keen to take action to try and help out in the lead-up to the election.

"I want to figure out in the next 48 days or so how to register people to vote, or encourage young people to register to vote," she said.

"I think that's going to be the most important thing galvanising these votes, getting people to actually care enough to get out and vote on the 8th. I think that's the most important thing."

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