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

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Blistering Attack

Donald Trump has tried to expand his outreach to African-Americans and Hispanics, who disapprove of his denunciations of undocumented immigrants, and his proposal of building a wall along the Mexican border that would be paid for by the Mexican government.

After, Trump claimed that our former Secretary of State, Clinton was "a bigot" who panders to minorities,  Hillary Clinton decided to delivered an attack on Trump by explaining that he has become a champion of hate speech groups, conspiracy theories, and a representative of the far-right fringe of the Republican Party.

Trump is linked to the "alt-right" movement.  Clinton pointed out: "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.  His disregard for the values that make our country great is profoundly dangerous.  Trump is a candidate with a long history of racial discrimination, who traffics in dark conspiracy theories drawn from the pages of the supermarket tabloids and the far, dark reaches of the internet."

She reminded voters that Trump opened his campaign by suggesting that some undocumented immigrants from Mexico were rapists and criminals, and that Trump hired Steve Bannon, the former chairman of Breitbart News, as his campaign's chief executive.

Clinton accused Trump of embracing the ideas of the "alt-right" movement that has closely tied to white nationalism and has been criticized as racist, misogynistic and anti-Semitic.  She said: “alt-right” thinkers and writers have found a home at conservative news sites like Breitbart.

Trump was slow to disavow praise from former Klan leader David Duke during the Republican primaries.  Clinton alleged that Trump was trying to bring a hate movement into the mainstream to attract members of the Ku Klux Klan. 


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