Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton spar over Trump's racial rhetoric | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton spar over Trump's racial rhetoric

Posted By on Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 9:59 AM

Politico reported on Friday that Hillary Clinton criticized the inflammatory rhetoric of Donald Trump, a reality television diva who recently announced that he is running for president. 

During his announcement, Trump said:

When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us.

Clinton didn't call out Trump by name, but said in a radio interview: 

We have to have a candid national conversation about race and about discrimination, prejudice, hatred. But unfortunately the public discourse is sometimes hotter and more negative than it should be, which can, in my opinion, trigger people who are less than stable.

For example, a recent entry into the Republican presidential campaign said some very inflammatory things about Mexicans. Everybody should stand up and say that’s not acceptable. You don’t talk like that on talk radio. You don’t talk like that on the kind of political campaigns.

Yesterday, Trump responded, complaining that Clinton's criticism was unfair. "Now if that is incendiary — if that’s being tough or being unfair, you let me know," Trump said. "But I think having borders and having strong borders — and I mean strong borders — I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that." In another interview, he said, "What’s a country? How do you define a country if you don’t have borders? This has nothing to do with the Mexicans coming in. This has to do with the world coming in." He added that the U.S. “had better get smart or we’re not going to have a country."

Trump also lashed out on Friday, taking to social media to say, "Wow, it’s pretty pathetic that Hillary Clinton just blamed me for the horrendous attack that took place in South Carolina."

Trump added this take on the country's first black president: 

And certainly you would have thought he would have been much better for African-Americans, who are really suffering more than anybody else right now in terms of jobs and everything else. So you have an African-American president, and African-American youth is doing worse than virtually it’s ever done.

Ever? Be curious to hear Trump's take on black youth during Jim Crow, or during slavey. 

Trump, of course, has a history of this crap. 

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