Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Bigot


Donald Trump claimed: “Hillary Clinton is a bigot who sees people of color only as votes, not as human beings worthy of a better future.  She doesn't care what her policies have done to your communities.  She has no remorse.  She's going to do nothing for Hispanics and African-Americans.”
Clinton responded to Trump’s allegations by arguing that fringe elements have taken over the Republican Party.
She explained: “From the start, Donald Trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia.  He's taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over the Republican Party.  His disregard for the values that make our country great is profoundly dangerous.

“A man with a long history of racial discrimination, who traffics in dark conspiracy theories drawn from the pages of supermarket tabloids and the far reaches of the Internet, should never run our government or command our military.  Ask yourself: If he doesn't respect all Americans, how can he serve all Americans?

Hillary Clinton pointed out, that Trump is linked to the ‘alt-right,’ an informal group of mostly white conservative men aligned with the Republican Party that sees Trump as the only choice in 2016.  The "alt-right" lives primarily online, regularly pushing racist, homophobic and sexist content.  Trump has been embraced by the fringe groups, in part because he tapped Steve Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News, as the CEO of his campaign.  Bannon has boasted that his former publication is “the platform of the alt-right.”

Clinton also noted:"All of this adds up to something we've never seen before.  Of course 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.”

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