Because of the way Donald Trump has built his campaign, for the first time in decades, we’re seeing a massive resurgence among white supremacists in this country. While the election of President Obama in 2008 obviously led to racism becoming more publicly accepted within the GOP, most of it still remained subtly disguised. It wasn’t until Trump announced his candidacy that we really saw blatant and open racism become part of the Republican party’s platform. This is the first election in my lifetime where I’ve witnessed white nationalists being active participants in a mainstream political party.
Of course, this isn’t an accident. From the very beginning, it seemed clear that Trump was basing his entire campaign upon pandering to people who view fringe, conspiracy-driven websites like Breitbart, WND, InfoWars, The Drudge Report, The Washington Free Beacon and The Conservative Tribune as “legitimate news sources.”
But these “alt-right” websites aren’t just based on fringe conspiracy theories, they’re hotbeds for white supremacy.
Well, on Thursday night, Hillary Clinton gave an amazing speech where she absolutely crushed Trump’s blatant embrace of white supremacy and the “alt-right” to fuel his campaign.
“No one should have any illusions about what’s really going on here,” Clinton said. “The names may have changed. Racists now call themselves ‘racialists.’ White supremacists now call themselves ‘white nationalists.’ The paranoid fringe now calls itself ‘alt-right,’ but the hate burns just as bright.”
“We know who Trump is. A few words on a teleprompter won’t change that,” she added. “He says he wants to make America great again, but more and more it seems as though his real message seems to be, ‘make America hate again.'”
She also lit into Trump for being the first candidate of a major political party to openly embrace “dark conspiracy theories drawn from the pages of supermarket tabloids and the far dark reaches of the Internet.”
“Of course, there’s always been a paranoid fringe in our politics, a lot of it arising from racial resentment, but it’s never had the nominee of a major party stoking it, encouraging it, and giving it a national megaphone until now,” Clinton stated.
I’ve seen a lot of people summarize Trump’s campaign and its overall theme, but that last statement by Clinton is probably one of the best ways I’ve seen it done.
What we’re witnessing this election is a presidential candidate who’s using “alt-right” blogs, propaganda and conspiracies as part of his platform. Hell, Trump just hired the chairman of Breitbart News, Stephen Bannon, as his campaign chief. Yes, the head of one of the most followed fringe-right conspiracy sites that often blatantly pushes sexism, bigotry, homophobia, Islamophobia and racism — is now Trump’s campaign chief.
Not only did Clinton do what the media seems afraid to do in calling out Trump’s obvious ties to white supremacist rhetoric, but she made sure to point out that no matter what he says when he’s reading from a teleprompter, nobody should believe any of it. The Donald Trump we’ve seen reading from a teleprompter is not the same person who’s said the seemingly endless list of vile things he has during his entire campaign. It’s obvious that when he’s not reading words written by someone else, the true Donald Trump comes out. That’s the candidate who’s mocked a man with disabilities, belittled veterans, used racism against a federal judge and attacked Gold Star parents of a fallen American hero.
As we’ve seen time and time again, when it comes to dealing with Donald Trump, the best “weapon” Hillary Clinton can use against him is to simply quote him verbatim and call out exactly what he’s doing. There’s no need to stoop to his level or attempt to win a war of words on Twitter. Because as we’ve seen multiple times during his campaign, often the best way to make Donald Trump look bad is to simply sit back and let him be himself.