Each day, Hillary Clinton’s campaign team sends out a blast email begging donors for money. They’ll take as little as $1. Typically, the emails are signed by the campaign manager. But today is different. Today, Hillary signed the email herself.
The email rips into Trump as a racist. It rips into Breitbart.com as a right wing hate group, and tears into radio host Alex Jones as a conspiracy plugger. It’s the sort of email that truly spells out Hillary’s strategy: HATE ON TRUMP AND HOPE PEOPLE HAVE AT LEAST A DOLLAR TO BUY INTO THE HATE.
I want to take a minute to address the idea that Donald Trump is anything other than the rock-throwing bully he’s proven himself to be since day one of his candidacy.
This is a man, after all, who launched his bid for the White House by calling Mexican immigrants “rapists” and “criminals.” This is a candidate who regularly retweets white supremacists. Who blasted out an anti-Semitic image over Twitter — a graphic originally posted on a white nationalist website. A guy who publicly gushes over the reputation of Alex Jones: The conspiracy-theorist radio host who claims that the Sandy Hook massacre was just a hoax.
The people that Trump lifts up are the type who take pride in being prejudiced. They are eager to race-bait and enjoy fanning flames of discrimination and distrust. Today they support his campaign. If he wins this election, Trump will be elevating their voices from the White House.
Let’s take one of his latest hires: Steve Bannon, the former leading man of the alt-right, conservative-fringe website Breitbart.
Under Bannon’s leadership, Breitbart published articles with headlines such as: “Would You Rather Your Child Had Feminism or Cancer?” and “Hoist It High And Proud: The Confederate Flag Proclaims A Glorious Heritage.”
But Bannon’s just the latest example of the nasty, toxic ultra-conservative undercurrent that’s been influencing Trump for over a year now.
There’s always been a paranoid fringe in our politics, steeped in 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. Donald Trump has given them a microphone, bringing them out of shadows and planting them center stage in our national dialogue.
Trump is running a campaign fueled by callousness and divisiveness. To me, that’s flat-out unacceptable — and should concern all Americans, regardless of party. Today, I’m taking a stand against this movement of hate. Please, chip in now to stand with me in this fight:
This is the most consequential election of our lifetimes. We need you more than ever.
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