Hillary Clinton is a bigot. That is the newest charge against the Democratic presidential hopeful from rival Donald Trump. The claims that Clinton may not be as welcoming to minorities as she’d like her voters to believe is not a new stance. It’s just pretty shocking considering the source of the accusations is Trump.
In recent weeks, Trump has been heavily criticized for his off-the-charts rants that have many believing that he went so far as to insinuate that his gun rights voters assassinate Hillary Clinton in order to prevent her from appointing Supreme Court justices who may strengthen gun laws in the U.S. There was a huge outcry after the comments, and Trump was accused of trying to ruin his own campaign with the outlandish claims that he was making.
It is no secret that Donald Trump has long criticized Hillary Clinton’s use of a teleprompter. It’s also pretty clear that the billionaire businessman was winging many of his appearances, ultimately causing a lot of waves and killing his own campaign.
— CBS News Politics (@CBSPolitics) August 17, 2016
That may have recently changed, though, according to CBS News. It looks like Trump’s claims that Hillary Clinton is a bigot may have been read off a teleprompter, and the remarks may have been prepared by a speech writer ahead of time. Now, voters are left to wonder if Trump is attacking Clinton’s record with minorities and is trying to shred her credibility as the “lesser of two evils” by pointing out that she has also said and done a few things that should be a cause for alarm among minority voters.
“We reject the bigotry of Hillary Clinton, which panders to and talks down to communities of color and sees them only as votes,” Trump said. “That’s all they care about. Not as individual human beings, worthy of a better future. They have taken advantage.”
Now, as the 2016 presidential election draws near, Donald Trump has realized that he needs the African-American vote in order to stand a chance in November. The problem with that is that many African Americans and other minorities are petrified of what may happen regarding race relations in the U.S. if Trump should be elected.
So Hillary Clinton is supposedly a bigot and Donald Trump wants me to vote for him…. Don’t even know where to start with this one.
— Byron Hughes (@gull2hokie) August 17, 2016
— Live News Cloud ⛅️ (@livenewscloud) August 15, 2016
— arembooks (@arembooks) August 8, 2016
In his most recent rally in West Bend, Wisconsin, Trump began working a new angle. Not only did he start using the teleprompters, but he also started working on winning over some of the African-American voters. In front of a crowd that had almost no minorities in it, Trump gave a speech titled, “Creating a New and Better Future For America’s Inner Cities.”
Even with his new approach, it seems that Donald Trump still won’t be winning the hearts or the votes of minorities with his recent message. Actually, given the content of his message, it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to believe that it may be another bolster to Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers.
It seems that Trump’s message to African Americans has nothing to do with helping them overcome some major issues within the U.S. Instead, he stood on stage and preached about law and order. Rather than argue that Hillary Clinton is a bigot who only uses the votes of the African-American community, he made claims that Clinton is not for the police and that the “war on police” must end.
“Just like Hillary Clinton is against the miners, she is against the police,” Trump said. “Believe me. You know it and I know it and guess what? She knows it.”
— Vibe Magazine (@VibeMagazine) August 17, 2016
What exactly does that have to do with Hillary Clinton being a bigot? To go a bit further, Clinton hasn’t really done anything or shown that she is against police. It also doesn’t really support the theme of Trump’s speech or his attempt to win over any African-American voters. Naturally, his homogenous crowd of supporters at the West Bend rally took it all in and continued to cheer on the Republican nominee.
“So how are we serving these American victims by attacking law enforcement officers?” Trump went on. “The war on our police must end and it must end now.”
It wasn’t until later in his speech that Donald Trump seemed to get to the part about bettering the lives of African Americans and making positive changes in inner cities. Unfortunately, many of the points made during the speech were just more of the same and really had nothing to do with the struggles that minorities face in the U.S.
“The Democratic Party has taken the votes of African-American for granted,” Trump said. “They’ve just assumed they’ll get your support and done nothing in return for it. They’ve taken advantage of the African-American citizen.”
That’s when Trump went on to discuss the same old talking points of previous speeches, all of which have nothing to do with making the lives of African Americans or any other minority much better. It seems the crux of Trump’s speech and the title of it were just an attempt to smear Hillary Clinton by calling her a bigot without actually backing up the claim.
A lazy move on the part of Trump, who could easily give examples of how Clinton has supported many ideas that created more hardship for minority populations in the U.S. such as her undying support of Bill Clinton’s 1994 crime bill, which led to the incarceration of more African American men than any other demographic. Or her support for his 1996 welfare reform, which left many inner city families even poorer than before and in crisis as many couldn’t make even the most basic ends meet.
— Variety (@Variety) July 29, 2016
He even could have brought up Hillary Clinton’s use of the word “superpredators” in regard to African-American youth in inner cities or her claims to have played checkers in inner New York City or how she carries hot sauce in her purse, a common stereotype of southern Black women. Trump could have even drawn on his own obsession with President Barack Obama’s birth certificate and rumors that the current POTUS was not born in the U.S. by bringing up the fact that Clinton was the originator of the claim in the first place. There is so much that Trump could have drawn from, but he just completely missed the opportunity to actually show that Hillary Clinton is a bigot and used the theme in order to get attention for his most recent speech.
Instead, Donald Trump talked about how he wants to withdraw the U.S. from the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) and repeal the Affordable Care Act, two issues that have almost nothing to do with changing race relations in the U.S. or making strides toward improving the lives of African Americans or anyone living in the inner cities.
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