On August 25, 2016, Donald Trump directed some tough talk at Hillary while at a campaign event in Manchester, New Hampshire.
“Don’t accuse decent Americans who support this campaign – YOUR campaign – of being of being racists, which we’re not! It’s the oldest play in the Democratic playbook. When Democratic policies fail, they are left with only this one tired argument: ‘You’re racist. You’re racist. You’re racist.’ They keep saying it. ‘You’re racist.’ It’s a tired, disgusting argument, and it’s so totally predictable. They’re failing so badly. It’s the last refuge of the discredited Democrat politician. They keep going back to the same well. But you know what? The people are becoming very smart. They’ve heard it too many times before. The well is dry. The well is dry.”
The day before, at a rally in Jackson, Mississippi, Trump shouted to his supporters:
“Hillary Clinton is a bigot who who sees people of color only as votes, not as human-beings worthy of a better future. She’s going to do nothing for African Americans. She’s going to do nothing for the Hispanics. She’s only going to take care of herself, her husband, her consultants, her donors — these are the people she cares about. She doesn’t care what her policies have done to your communities. She doesn’t care.”
However, Hillary Clinton truthfully countered the accusations of racism on her part, at her own rally in Reno, Nevada on August 25:
“From the start, Donald Trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia. He’s taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over one of America’s two major political parties His disregard for the values that make our country great is profoundly dangerous. In just the past week, under the guise of “outreach” to African Americans, Trump has stood up in front of largely white audiences and described black communities in insulting and ignorant terms:
“’Poverty. Rejection. Horrible education. No housing. No homes. No ownership. Crime at levels nobody has seen… Right now, you walk down the street, you get shot.’
“Those are his words.” she pointed out.
“Donald Trump misses so much. He doesn’t see the success of black leaders in every field… The vibrancy of black-owned businesses…Or the strength of the black church… He doesn’t see the excellence of historically black colleges and universities or the pride of black parents watching their children thrive…And he certainly doesn’t have any solutions to take on the reality of systemic racism and create more equity and opportunity in communities of color.
“It takes a lot of nerve to ask people he’s ignored and mistreated for decades, “What do you have to lose?” The answer is everything!
“Trump’s lack of knowledge or experience or solutions would be bad enough. But what he’s doing here is more sinister. Trump is reinforcing harmful stereotypes and offering a dog whistle to his most hateful supporters. It’s a disturbing preview of what kind of President he’d be.
“This is what I want to make clear today: 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. If he doesn’t respect all Americans, how can he serve all Americans?”
Hillary Clinton then delved deep into Trump’s long track record of prejudice, starting from the time he assumed leadership of The Trump Organization:
“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. Their applications would be marked with a ‘C’ – ‘C’ for ‘colored’ – and then rejected.
“Three years later, the Justice Department took Trump back to court because he hadn’t changed.
“The pattern continued through the decades. State regulators fined one of Trump’s casinos for repeatedly removing black dealers from the floor. No wonder the turn-over rate for his minority employees was way above average. And let’s not forget Trump first gained political prominence leading the charge for the so-called “Birthers.” 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. And he accused the Mexican government of actively sending them across the border. None of that is true.”
Hillary also made sure to discuss the nefarious element Donald Trump has appealed to over the course of his hostile takeover of the Republican Party through a Southern Strategy on Steroids:
“All of this adds up to something we’ve never seen before.
“Of course there’s always been a paranoid fringe in our politics, steeped in racial resentment. But it’s never had the nominee of a major party stoking it, encouraging it, and giving it a national megaphone. Until now.
“On David Duke’s radio show the other day, the mood was jubilant. “We appear to have taken over the Republican Party,” one white supremacist said. Duke laughed. There’s still more work to do, he said. 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. And now Trump is trying to rebrand himself as well. Don’t be fooled.
“There’s an old Mexican proverb that says “Tell me with whom you walk, and I will tell you who you are.”We know who Trump is. A few words on a teleprompter won’t change that.He says he wants to ‘MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!’ but his real message remains “Make America hate again.”
Indeed, much of what Hillary Clinton addressed in her speech is common knowledge. However, much doubt can be cast on Trump’s words that the Democrats are failing, given the single fact that Obama has achieved better economic numbers than Reagan. Moreover, though Trump claims that “[Crooked Hillary] is going to do nothing for African Americans” and that Democratic policies are “failing so badly,” during Bill Clinton’s Presidency, Hillary took a strong interest in his policy decisions, and on his watch, the median household income in black households grew by 25 percent, double the rate of growth for all households nationwide, and unemployment among blacks decreased by nearly half. She is also far more accommodating to immigrants than Donald Trump, being that she is against making English the official language of the U.S. at the federal level and favors sanctuary cities and halting raids on law-abiding undocumented immigrants who have children. No doubt, this stance will set her Presidency on track to make the United States a land of opportunity for immigrants.
However, it’s no surprise that Donald Trump would accuse Hillary Clinton of racism, as bigots invariably project their prejudices onto people who call them out. It’s a tired, disgusting argument, and it’s so totally predictable. The oldest play in the racist’s playbook!
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