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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.”

Mike Wil­liams

Ed­i­tor-in-chief Ke­sha

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