On Thursday Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton pushed back against Republican challenger Donald Trump’s efforts to call her a bigot and portray her as out of touch with minorities.
Speaking before an audience in Reno, Nevada Hillary Clinton said that Trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia.
“He’s taking hate group mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over one of America’s two major political parties” Clinton said.
Clinton noted that during the past week, 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” Clinton said.
Clinton pointed out that Trump “misses so much” and doesn’t see the successes of black leaders in every field.
“He doesn’t see the excellence of historically black colleges and universities or the pride of the black parents watching their children thrive. And he certainly doesn’t have any solutions to take on the reality of systematic racism and create more equity and opportunity in communities of color” Clinton said.
Clinton explained that Trump is “reinforcing harmful stereotypes and offering a dog whistle to his most hateful supporters.”
“A man with a long history of discrimination, who trafficks 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” Clinton said.
Donald Trump has faced some heat from far right conservatives in his party for softening his views about deportation and sending mixed messages over his hard line immigration policies during the past week.
During a recent town hall meeting on Fox’s the Hannity Show earlier this week, Trump admitted that he was “softening” his approach “because we are not looking to hurt people” when responding to questions about whether he would deport law abiding illegal immigrants who contribute to society.
But on Thursday during an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Trump remained true to his original form and said “there’s no pathway to legalization unless they leave the country.”
“When they come back in, then they can start paying taxes, but there is no path to legalization unless they leave the country and then come back” Trump emhasized.
When asked if he would deport those who have lived here peacefully without immigration papers, Trump said, “There is a very good chance the answer could be yes.”
Trump still lags behind Clinton in recent polls, especially among minority voters.
According to Real Clear Politics latest presidential poll update on Thursday, Clinton has an average + 4.5 point lead over Trump in the group of polls.
A new Quinnipiac poll released on Thursday shows that Clinton has a + 7 point lead taken from 8/18- 8/24.