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.
Former Sec. Clinton just made the raging tire fire that Donald Trump ignited into a full-blown inferno. Clinton was correct. Donald Trump isn’t an outlier. 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.
Hillary Clinton took a nightmare situation for the Republican Party and turned it into an issue that may very well cost them the 2016 election.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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