Donald Trump has some harsh words for his presidential rival, Hillary Clinton.
The 2016 presidential race between Trump and Clinton has been ugly, to say the least. Now, however, the campaign has taken a turn for the worst, as Trump recently referred to the Democratic nominee as a “bigot.”
“Hillary Clinton is a bigot, who sees people of color only as votes, not as human beings worthy of a better future. She’s going to do nothing for African-Americans. She’s going to do nothing for the Hispanics,” Trump exclaimed during a recent rally in Jackson, Miss. “She doesn’t care what her policies have done to your communities.”
Clinton responded by accusing the Republican nominee of “taking hate groups mainstream.”
“From the start, Donald Trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia. He is taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over the Republican Party,” Clinton said at a Reno, Nev. rally.
Trump used Clinton’s response as just another reason why he sees her as a bigot, and he even claimed that she is trying to paint him and his supporters as racists.
“She lies and she smears and she paints decent Americans as racists. She bullies voters who only want a better future and tries to intimidate them out of voting for a change,” Trump explained, according to CNN. “Hillary Clinton isn’t just attacking me, she’s attacking all of the decent people of all backgrounds — doesn’t matter — of all backgrounds who support this incredible, once in a lifetime movement.”
While it is obvious that Trump would do all he could to defend himself against any accusations of racism or bigotry, the damage is already done. Voters from all over the country will not be able to forget when he dubbed Mexican immigrants rapists, called for a ban of Muslims entering the country or when he referred to an African-American supporter as “my African-American.”
As the old saying goes, “Actions speak louder than words.” Those who see Trump’s comments about the minorities listed above as examples of racism or bigotry will not change their opinions until they actually see him alter his ways. However, as we have seen in the past, any time Trump tries to pivot and become more presidential, he always does something to make him seem even worse.