On Sept. 22, Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accused Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump of pandering to the "paranoia and prejudice" of struggling Americans.
Clinton told the Des Moines Register's editorial board that she believes the stagnating wage growth for the middle-class is one of the most critical issues the United States is facing, The Hill reports. Clinton explained that she thinks Trump is deliberately feeding off the fears and frustrations of those workers whose wages are floundering in order to boost his own support.
“Mr. Trump and his outrageous appeals to paranoia and prejudice — he gets some of the reaction he does in part because people are genuinely worried and anxious and looking for answers,” Clinton said.
“I think if we don’t start seeing wages rise,” Clinton continued, “ we will have a lot of political headwinds that could very well bring people into office who have a view of both the economy and our democracy that are at odds …with what I think is in our best interest. That’s why I’ve put raising wages at the center of my campaign.”
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Clinton also blasted Trump for not countering the comments of a man who attended one of his campaign events; the man in question said that Muslims are "a problem in this country," and "You know our current president is one. You know he's not even an American." At the event, Trump merely seemed to go along with the man's outrageous comments and did not correct him.
"When you are at an event and someone stands up and says something like that in front of you, then I do think you have a responsibility to respond," Clinton said on Sunday during an appearance on CBS' "Face the Nation."
"He is fueling a level of paranoia and prejudice against all kinds of people. And when you light those fires," Clinton continued, "you better recognize that they can get out of control and he should start dampening them down and putting them out."
" ... If he wants to talk about what he would do as president, that's obviously fair game. But to play into some of the worst impulses that people have these days, that are really being lit up by the Internet and other conspiracy-minded theories, is just irresponsible. It's appalling."