Democratic presidential nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s campaign began running a new “attack” ad today, connecting the Donald Trump campaign and his supporters to the Ku Klux Klan and far-right politicians David Duke and Jared Taylor. The Clinton/KKK ad has raised the ire of at least one conservative Trump supporter, as reported by Politico.
“Hillary Clinton and her campaign went to a disgusting new low today,” evangelical pastor and 2016 Republican National Convention-speaker, Mark Burns stated with regard to video footage shown in the ad. “This type of rhetoric and repulsive advertising is revolting and completely beyond the pale.”
The Clinton/KKK ad begins with footage of the imperial wizard of the Rebel Brigade of the Knights of the KKK being interviewed by Chris Thomas with NBC. Morose stringed instruments whine darkly in the background.
“The reason a lot of Klan members like Donald Trump,” the white-robed imperial wizard explains to Thomas, “is because a lot of what he believes, we believe in. Donald Trump would be best for the job.”
Audio of a presumed caller to a talk show declaring that he is a “white nationalist” and farmer is played. The caller encourages others to support Donald Trump.
Next, Jared Tayor, the leader of American Renaissance, designated as a “white nationalist” group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is shown speaking on CNN.
“Sending out all the illegals. Building a wall. A moratorium on Islamic migration. That’s very appealing,” Taylor somberly states.
David Duke, a former KKK grand wizard, can be heard speaking next as photos of him wearing a white robe while holding a burning torch are shown. He describes a failure to vote for Donald Trump as a form of “treason to your heritage.”
Though he has since disavowed the support of David Duke, as reported by the Inquisitr, that he did not immediately do so when asked by Jake Tapper with CNN in February has been seen by some observers as potentially attempting to play both sides of the issue: disavowing David Duke only when pressed would seem to be interpreted as sending mixed signals by the Clinton campaign.
The Clinton ad then focuses on former Breitbart chief Steve Bannon’s appointment as the new CEO of the Donald Trump presidential campaign.
The ad continues with the alt-right being described as a “dressed-up-in-suits version” of racist organizations, including white supremacists and neo-Nazis.
The video ends with the imperial wizard’s words repeated.
“A lot of what he believes, we believe in.”
Fox News business commentator and host of the Investor’s Edge radio program Gary Kaltbaum described Secretary Clinton as attempting to connect Trump to “everything racist in this country” at a rally held at Truckee Meadows Community College in Nevada today, as reported by The Guardian.
“I think they know there’s some bad emails to come out,” Kaltbaum speculated, seemingly with regard to newly unveiled, yet-unreleased emails from Clinton’s private email server, kept when she led the State Department, as well as those hacked from the Democratic Party and in the possession of WikiLeaks, which are expected to come public before the election, as reported by Zero Hedge.
Most recent poll averages from Real Clear Politics show Hillary Clinton leading the field with 42.3 percent of voter support. Donald Trump trails Clinton with 37.8 percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein follow the Democrat and the Republican with 8.9 and 3.6 percent of voter support, respectively.
The most recent poll, conducted by Quinnipiac, puts Clinton even further ahead, finding favor with 45 percent of voters, leading Donald Trump, who got the nod from 38 percent.
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