During a campaign speech, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton accused Republican Donald Trump, her opponent for the White House, of promoting hate and racist ideas.
“From the start, Donald Trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia,” Clinton said, according to a transcript obtained by Vox prior to her August 25 Reno, Nevada, speech. “He’s taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over one of America’s two major political parties.”
Clinton’s speech focused on attacking Trump in order to paint him as a racist who is not fit to serve as president.
Some of the reasons she gave include:
He promoted the racist lie that President Obama isn’t really an American citizen -- part of a sustained effort to delegitimize America’s first black President.
In 2015, Trump launched his own campaign for President with another racist lie. He described Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals.
We all remember when Trump said a distinguished federal judge born in Indiana couldn’t be trusted to do his job because, quote, 'He’s a Mexican' … The man who today is the standard bearer of the Republican Party said a federal judge was incapable of doing his job solely because of his heritage.
[Trump] is someone who retweets white supremacists online, like the user who goes by the name "white-genocide-TM." Trump took this fringe bigot with a few dozen followers and spread his message to 11 million people.
When asked in a nationally televised interview whether he would disavow the support of David Duke, a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, Trump wouldn’t do it. Only later, again under mounting pressure, did he backtrack.
Clinton, referring to Trump as a loose cannon, said that the last thing the United States needs is him in office.
“In times of crisis, our country depends on steady leadership…clear thinking…and calm judgment…because one wrong move can mean the difference between life and death,” she said.
"Of course, there’s always been a paranoid fringe in our politics, steeped in racial resentment," Clinton added. ”But it’s never had the nominee of a major party stoking it, encouraging it, and giving it a national megaphone. Until now."
Trump reacted to Clinton’s speech on Twitter.
“Just watched recap of #CrookedHillary’s speech. Very short and lies. She is the only one fear-mongering!” he tweeted.
“Hillary Clinton’s short speech is pandering to the worst instincts in our society. She should be ashamed of herself!” Trump wrote in a follow-up tweet.
He also shared a tweet from Fox Nation which linked to an article that includes a video of Clinton in 2010 praising former Ku Klux Klan leader Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia.
The video was recorded upon Byrd’s death.
“Today our country has lost a true American original, my friend and mentor Robert C. Byrd,” Clinton said in the video.