Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is adamant her opponent, Republican Donald Trump, is inciting violence and surrounding himself with supporters motivated by hatred and bigotry.
On Sept. 15, Clinton sat down with the radio program “Tom Joyner Morning Show” for an interview. During the discussion, Clinton asserted that she was running a campaign of inclusiveness while Trump was running a campaign of hatred.
“I do really believe we are stronger together,” Clinton said, according to The Hill. “But I also accept the responsibility, making sure that we do everything we can to try to heal these divides to bring people together.”
The Democratic nominee continued that healing the nation’s wounds “starts by standing up and calling out the bigotry and the hatred that we see coming from Trump.”
Clinton accused Trump of inciting “violence and he has been more than willing to align himself with the so-called alt-right and every deplorable thing they represent.”
On Sept. 9, Clinton drew controversy after she told reporters that while she viewed half of Trump supporters as frustrated Americans who simply want change, she viewed the other half as a “basket of deplorables ... racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic and Islamophobic.”
The next day, Clinton issued a statement apologizing for the remarks. While she expressed regret for generalizing a large swath of Trump supporters, she did not walk back her description of them, according to Fox News.
“I regret saying ‘half’ -- that was wrong,” Clinton said, implying that there was still a sizeable chunk of Trump supporters who fit the description of “deplorable.”
During her radio interview, Clinton cited Trump’s initial refusal to disavow the support of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, who has been a vocal supporter of the GOP nominee’s campaign.
On Sept. 12, Trump’s running mate Republican Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana declined to call Duke “deplorable.”
“I’m not in the name-calling business,” Pence told CNN. The Republican governor has disavowed support of the white supremacist leader but still refuses to label his beliefs “deplorable.”
Clinton also cited several other examples of Trump’s alleged bigotry. These included when the GOP nominee said that Judge Gonzalo Curiel could not be impartial in a court case because of his Mexican heritage and when he engaged in a war of words with the parents of slain U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan.
“I’m going to keep calling out the bigotry and hateful rhetoric that he’s brought to this campaign ... We are not people of hate and we are not people who condone this violence,” Clinton concluded.
There have been numerous reported instances of violence at Trump rallies. The latest was on Sept. 12, when several Trump supporters reportedly got in a scuffle with protesters during a North Carolina event. During the fight, a 69-year-old protester carrying an oxygen tank was punched in the face, New York magazine reports.
Trump responded to the violence in the crowd by asking his audience, “Is there anywhere in America more fun to be than a Trump rally?”