Clin­ton says Trump will 'make Amer­ica hate again'

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MANCHESTER — Hil­lary Clin­ton said on Thurs­day that Don­ald Trump has un­leashed the “rad­i­cal fringe” within the Repub­li­can Party, in­clud­ing anti-Semites and white su­prem­a­cists, dub­bing the bil­lion­aire busi­ness­man’s cam­paign as one that will “make Amer­ica hate again”.

Trump re­jected Clin­ton’s al­le­ga­tions, de­fend­ing his hard-line ap­proach to im­mi­gra­tion while try­ing to make the case to mi­nor­ity vot­ers that Democrats have aban­doned them.

The ping-pong ac­cu­sa­tions come as the two can­di­dates vie for mi­nori­ties and any un­de­cided vot­ers with less than three months un­til Elec­tion Day. Weeks be­fore the first early vot­ing, Trump faces the ur­gent task of re­vamp­ing his im­age to win over those scep­ti­cal of his can­di­dacy.

In a tweet shortly after Clin­ton wrapped up her speech in the swing state of Ne­vada, Trump said she "is pan­der­ing to the worst in­stincts in our so­ci­ety. She should be ashamed of her­self!"

Clin­ton is ea­ger to cap­i­talise on Trump's slip­ping poll num­bers, par­tic­u­larly among mod­er­ate Repub­li­can women turned off by his con­tro­ver­sial cam­paign. "Don't be fooled" by Trump’s ef­forts to re­brand, she told vot­ers at a speech in Reno, say­ing the coun­try faced a "mo­ment of reck­on­ing."

"He's tak­ing hate groups main­stream and help­ing a rad­i­cal fringe take over one of Amer­ica's two ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties," she said.

Trump tried to get ahead of the Demo­cratic nom­i­nee, ad­dress­ing a crowd in Manchester, New Hamp­shire just min­utes be­fore Clin­ton.

"Hil­lary Clin­ton is go­ing to try to ac­cuse this cam­paign, and the mil­lions of de­cent Amer­i­cans who sup­port this cam­paign, of be­ing racists," Trump pre­dicted.

"To Hil­lary Clin­ton, and to her donors and ad­vis­ers, push­ing her to spread her smears and her lies about de­cent peo­ple, I have three words," he said. "I want you to hear these words, and re­mem­ber these words: Shame on you."

Trump tried to turn the ta­bles on Clin­ton, sug­gest­ing she was try­ing to dis­tract from ques­tions swirling around do­na­tions to The Clin­ton Foun­da­tion and her use of her pri­vate email servers.

"She lies, she smears, she paints de­cent Amer­i­cans as racists," said Trump, who then de­fended some of the core — and to some peo­ple, di­vi­sive — ideas of his can­di­dacy.

Clin­ton did not ad­dress any of the ac­cu­sa­tions about her fam­ily foun­da­tion in her re­marks. In­stead, she of­fered a stri­dent de­nounce­ment of Trump's cam­paign, charg­ing him with fos­ter­ing hate and push­ing dis­crim­i­na­tory poli­cies, like his pro­posed tem­po­rary ban on Mus­lims en­ter­ing the United States.

Her speech fo­cused on the so-called alt-right move­ment, which is of­ten as­so­ci­ated with ef­forts on the far right to pre­serve "white iden­tity," op­pose mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism and de­fend "Western val­ues." Dis­cus­sions about the alt-right move­ment be­came the sub­ject of a Twit­ter war on Thurs­day, with peo­ple on both sides of the de­bate tweet­ing un­der the hash­tag #al­tright­means.

"#al­tright­means we don't want to kill you we just want you to go away," tweeted one per­son.

"#al­tright­means white supremacy. That's all Alt Right is. An­other code word for white supremacy. Noth­ing more noth­ing less," an­other tweet said.

Clin­ton's cam­paign also re­leased an on­line video that com­piles footage of prom­i­nent white su­prem­a­cist lead­ers prais­ing Trump, who has been crit­i­cised for fail­ing to im­me­di­ately de­nounce the sup­port he's gar­nered from white na­tion­al­ists and su­prem­a­cists, in­clud­ing former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke.

Trump, who also met on Thurs­day in New York with mem­bers of a new Repub­li­can Party ini­tia­tive meant to train young — and largely mi­nor­ity — vol­un­teers, has been work­ing to win over blacks and Lati­nos in light of his past in­flam­ma­tory com­ments and has been claim­ing that the Democrats have taken mi­nor­ity vot­ers' sup­port for granted. At ral­lies over the past week, the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee cast Demo­cratic poli­cies as harm­ful to com­mu­ni­ties of colour, and in Mis­sis­sippi on Wed­nes­day he went so far as to la­bel Clin­ton "a bigot."

"They've been very dis­re­spect­ful, as far as I'm con­cerned, to the African-Amer­i­can pop­u­la­tion in this coun­try," Trump said.

Many black lead­ers and vot­ers have dis­missed Trump's mes­sage — de­liv­ered to pre­dom­i­nantly white rally au­di­ences — as con­de­scend­ing and in­tended more to re­as­sure un­de­cided white vot­ers that he's not racist, than to ac­tu­ally help mi­nor­ity com­mu­ni­ties.

Cor­nell Wil­liam Brooks, pres­i­dent of the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion for the Advancement of Col­ored Peo­ple, told C-SPAN's "News­mak­ers" on Thurs­day that Trump has not reached out to the or­gan­i­sa­tion for any rea­son. He added that Trump re­fused the group's in­vi­ta­tion to speak at its con­ven­tion.

"We're go­ing to make it clear: You don't get to the White House un­less you travel through the doors of the NAACP," Brooks said. "More im­por­tantly, you don't get to the White House with­out ad­dress­ing the na­tion's civil rights agenda."

Be­fore the meet­ing in New York, sev­eral pro­test­ers un­furled a ban­ner over a rail­ing in the lobby of Trump Tower that read, "Trump = Al­ways Racist." They were quickly es­corted out by se­cu­rity as they railed against Trump for "try­ing to pan­der to black and Latino lead­ers."

"Noth­ing will change," they yelled. — AFP

Hil­lary Clin­ton

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