Many people may not be aware of what the “alternative right” – or “alt-right” for short is, but if they listened to anything Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton had to say on Thursday, they sure do now. Clinton took to the stage to indict GOP nominee Donald Trump for what he has unleashed regarding America’s right-wing political fringe, and most importantly, that by doing it from the platform of being a major party presidential candidate, that he has made those hateful ideas acceptable now. Clinton said of Trump:
“He is taking hate groups mainstream and helping them take over the Republican Party.”
She went on to remind everyone of the unending stream of clearly racist content this man has spewed during his travesty of a presidential campaign:
“This 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.
His campaign famously posted an anti-Semitic image – a Star of David imposed over a sea of dollar bills – that first appeared on a white supremacist website.
The Trump campaign also selected a prominent white nationalist leader as a delegate in California. They only dropped him under pressure.”
And of course, there’s the fact that Trump, long before he was a politician, was sued by the Department of Justice for racist practices with his tenants:
“A man with a long history of racial discrimination, who traffics in dark conspiracy theories drawn from the pages of supermarket tabloids and the far reaches of the internet, should never run our government or command our military.
When Trump was getting his start in business, he was sued by the Justice Department for refusing to rent apartments to black and Latino tenants.
Three years later, the Justice Department took Trump back to court because he hadn’t changed.”
Hillary Clinton is right. Donald Trump has been the way he is for a very long time, and he will only continue. This idea that because he has a shiny new campaign staff that will help him soften his bombastic tone will actually amount to any real changes is just downright silly at this point. If a person appeals to racists and has a history of racism that is as well documented as that of Donald Trump, there’s no reason to believe that they aren’t a racist.
Kudos to Hillary Clinton for calling it like it is. You can read the entire transcript of the speech here at Vox.
And to top it all off, she previewed the speech with a scathing ad that directly links Trump to white nationalists, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Alt-Right:
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