AMERICA WAS WARNED. In a speech in Nevada almost exactly a year ago this week, Hillary Clinton told the world precisely who Donald Trump is. “He’s taking hate groups mainstream,” she said, going on to accuse Trump of “reinforcing harmful stereotypes and offering a dog whistle to his most hateful supporters.” As the events in Charlottesville and Trump’s response highlight, Clinton was depressingly right here.
This part of the speech is the most powerful, a stark reminder that while we’ve been inspired by US music for decades, let us not be inspired by the hate and the division of Trump: “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…
“Now, I know some people still want to give Trump the benefit of the doubt. They hope that he will eventually reinvent himself – that there’s a kinder, gentler, more responsible Donald Trump waiting in the wings… But the hard truth is, there’s no other Donald Trump. This is it.”
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