Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Hillary Clinton Links Donald Trumps Racism to the Larger GOP

During her interview with CNN, Hillary Clinton - correctly, in my view - linked Donald Trump's open racism to the racism that pervades the larger GOP and the GOP base in particular.   Watching Hard Ball this evening, Rudy Giuliani dodged and weaved trying to do damage control for Trump's bigoted verbal diarrhea, but none of it really negated the fact that the GOP base has been taken over by a bunch of white supremacists and religious extremists, most of whom are racist to boot.   Politicususa.com looks at Clinton's remarks.  Here are excerpts:
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took Republican Party’s Donald Trump led implosion to a whole new level by linking Trump’s racism to the GOP during her interview on CNN.

During her interview on CNN, former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton was asked about Donald Trump, and her answer linked Trump’s racism to the Republican Party.

Clinton said, “I am very disappointed in those comments, and I feel very bad and very disappointed with him and the Republican Party for not saying enough, stop it. But they are all in the same general area on immigration. They don’t want to provide a path to citizenship. They range across a spectrum of being grudgingly welcome to openly hostile to immigrants.”

Clinton was asked about Jeb Bush, who CNN claimed was not like Trump. Former Sec. Clinton knocked that down, “He doesn’t believe in a path to citizenship. If he did at one time, he no longer does. And so pretty much as I said, they’re on a spectrum of hostility which is regrettable in a nation of immigrants like ours all the way to grudging acceptance with refusal to go with a pathway to citizenship.”

She buried Republicans deeper by explaining why a path to citizenship is good, “I think that’s a mistake. We know we’re not going to deport 11 or 12 million people. We shouldn’t be breaking up families. We shouldn’t be stopping people from having the opportunity to be fully integrated legally within our country, It’s good for us. It’s good economically. It’s good for the taxes that will be legally collected. It’s good for the children so that they can go as far as their hard work and talent can take them, so I am 100% behind a comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship.”

Hillary Clinton’s answer to the Trump question is a big part of the reason Democrats are favored to keep the White House in 2016. In fact, Clinton’s answer made things even worse for Republicans because now every Republican presidential candidate will be asked if they believe that immigration reform is a good thing.

Trump’s problem was that he said in public what the Republicans all campaign on with lots of thinly veiled rhetoric. 

Republicans are to blame because they invited the Trump circus into their tent of crazy. Republicans treated Donald Trump like a legitimate voice and gave him attention while he was launching the birther attacks on President Obama, and they can’t distance themselves from his racist bigotry now.

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