Hillary Clinton got visibly fired up today when asked about Donald Trump and the birthers. Clinton demanded that Republicans stop impugning the integrity of President Obama.
Former Sec.Clinton called on Trump and all the Republican candidates to start behaving like presidents by standing up for the truth.
Clinton said of Trump, “He knew or he should have known that what that man was asking was not only way out of bounds. It was untrue, and he should have from the beginning repudiated that kind of rhetoric. That level of hatefulness in a questioner, in an audience that he was appearing before. So I would call on him, and call on all of the candidates to stop this descent into the kind of hateful, mean-spirited, divisive rhetoric that we have seen too much of over the last months.”
The Democratic presidential candidate was asked how she would have responded, Clinton answered, “Well, I don’t think that person would come to my event, but if that person had been at my event, I would have called him out on it, and I would have said from the very beginning that has no place in a political discussion like the one we’re trying to have here and not only is it out of place and wrong. It is totally factually untrue, and to quit impugning the integrity of the president.”
Clinton was asked if it was racist, and she said that she thought the rhetoric was prejudiced and discriminatory.
Hillary Clinton took a firm stand and didn’t hold back anything that was on her mind. So far she is the Democrat that has come close to calling the most recent outbreak of Trump birtherism racist. She also directly called out Trump for knowing what he was doing.
Clinton connected Trump to the hatefulness being displayed towards President Obama, and she connected the Republican Party to the political strategy of intentionally trying to divide people. Bernie Sanders was outraged. The White House used Trump to paint a broader picture of Republican behavior, but it was Hillary Clinton who directly called out Trump and the behavior of his supporters.
Trump’s latest birther outbreak is splitting Republicans while reminding voters everywhere that Democrats stand unified against hatred and bigotry.
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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