Hillary Clinton shifted attention from the whole Clinton Foundation mess (there are many helpful explainers) today with a speech condemning Donald Trump and his merry band of xenophobes. At an appearance in Reno, Nevada, Clinton said, "From the start, Donald Trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia. He is taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over the Republican Party. His disregard for the values that make our country great is profoundly dangerous."
The former Secretary of State zeroed in Trump's hiring of Breitbart CEO Steve Bannon to run his campaign. An excerpt from her speech:
To give you a flavor of [Bannon's] work, here are a few headlines [Breitbart.com has] published.
“Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy.”
“Would You Rather Your Child Had Feminism or Cancer?”
“Gabby Giffords: The Gun Control Movement’s Human Shield”
“Hoist It High And Proud: The Confederate Flag Proclaims A Glorious Heritage.”
That one came shortly after the Charleston massacre, when Democrats and Republicans alike were doing everything they could to heal racial divides. Breitbart tried to enflame them further.
Just imagine - Donald Trump reading that and thinking: “this is what I need more of in my campaign.”
Appealing to centrist Republican voters, Clinton said, "This is not conservatism as we have known it. This is not Republicanism as we have know it. These are race-baiting ideas, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant ideas, anti-woman—all key tenets making up an emerging racist ideology known as the ‘Alt-Right.’... 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."
She also slammed Trump's tone-deaf speech that tried to show his empathy for African-Americans. "Trump is reinforcing harmful stereotypes and offering a dog whistle to his most hateful supporters," Clinton declared.
The seeming sincerity of Hillary's contempt for Trump is what makes this speech effective.
— Isaac Chotiner (@IChotiner) August 25, 2016
In response, Trump reassured his supporters that they are not racists, just in case any of them had their worldviews shattered by a Hillary Clinton speech.
Just watched recap of #CrookedHillary's speech. Very short and lies. She is the only one fear-mongering!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 25, 2016
Here's your Alt-Right explainer.