Hillary Clinton just called out Donald Trump for the racist he is and exposed his alt-right connections in what is her most epic takedown of the Republican nominee yet.
During a speech on Thursday afternoon, which was originally planned to focus on economics, Clinton tore Trump and his white supremacist ties to shreds. She slammed his decision to bring on “Stephen Bannon, the head of a right-wing website called Breitbart.com, as campaign CEO.”
“According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, Breitbart embraces ‘ideas on the extremist fringe of the conservative right. Racist ideas,'” Clinton said.
She then explained just what the alt-right is and utterly destroyed the Trump Campaign’s merger with this bigoted “fringe element.” (Emphasis mine.)
Race-baiting ideas. Anti-Muslim and anti-Immigrant ideas –– all key tenets making up an emerging racist ideology known as the ‘Alt-Right.’”
Alt-Right is short for “Alternative Right.”
The Wall Street Journal describes it as a loosely organized movement, mostly online, that “rejects mainstream conservatism, promotes nationalism and views immigration and multiculturalism as threats to white identity.”
The de facto merger between Breitbart and the Trump Campaign represents a landmark achievement for the “Alt-Right.” A fringe element has effectively taken over the Republican Party.
She explained that this “fringe element” of the extreme right is far from new but never before have they been given the legitimacy that Trump has handed them.
“Of course, there’s always been a paranoid fringe in our politics, steeped in racial resentment,” Clinton said. “But it’s never had the nominee of a major party stoking it, encouraging it, and giving it a national megaphone. Until now.”
Clinton noted that the “mood was jubilant” recently on former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke’s radio show. One white supremacist guest on his show made the comment, “we appear to have taken over the Republican Party.” This prompted laughter from Duke, who then said, “There’s still more work to do.”
She told the crowd that although the “names may have changed,” the hatred remains the same.
No one should have any illusions about what’s really going on here. The names may have changed… Racists now call themselves ‘racialists.’ White supremacists now call themselves ‘white nationalists.’ The paranoid fringe now calls itself ‘alt-right.’ But the hate burns just as bright.
Clinton summed up Trump’s campaign with one statement: “He says he wants to ‘make America great again,’ but his real message remains ‘Make America hate again.'”
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