In an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Wednesday, Hillary Clinton suggested that white nationalists have become emboldened by President Trump’s rhetoric.
“I think there has proven to be more white supremacists and white nationalists than I wish there were in our country, as we saw tragically in Charlottesville and other places,” Clinton told Hewitt. “And they have made common cause with the president’s agenda out of their own mouth that he is someone that they are counting on to promote it.”
Clinton observed, “I think most people who support [Trump], support him because you know, they feel like he is speaking their language, that he is expressing their own thoughts and their fears, their concerns about the country and the changes that we’re experiencing.”
Clinton came under intense fire during the 2016 campaign after she described half of all Trump voters as “deplorable”.
“I think that if you keep your supporters in a frenzy all the time, and you go after black athletes who are expressing peacefully their opinions, whether you agree with them or not, you are feeding the worst impulses that have been part of American history from our very beginning,” Clinton opined. “And I don’t think we’ve made the progress we’ve made over our 240 years by giving into those.”
According to the twice-failed presidential candidate, President Trump’s push to do away with “political correctness” has contributed to today’s racial tensions.
“I think there are people who are unfortunately kind of reverting back to rather virulent attitudes about race in part because I think that it’s become ‘politically acceptable,’ no longer politically correct to try to overcome our own feelings that often block us from seeing each other as fellow human beings,” Clinton said. “But no, the hardcore people, I agree with you, I don’t think that is a very large number. Unfortunately, their views, which used to be quite beyond the mainstream, you know, have a much broader audience now, because you know, of being online and having outlets and media presence that can promote those attitudes.”
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this @hughhewitt interview of @HillaryClinton is terrific. https://t.co/G9ly2hZQBW Hugh tried to end the interview and Hillary said “Well you know, Hugh, I’m really enjoying this. I can go for a few more minutes, if you want to.”
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) November 22, 2017