Hillary Clinton’s ‘alt-right’ speech, annotated
Hillary Clinton gave a speech Thursday in Reno, Nevada, slamming the "radical fringe" that she says is taking over Republican politics thanks to Donald Trump.
I want to be a small business president. My father was a small business man. And I believe that in America, if you can dream it, you should be able to build it.
And so, we’ll be talking a lot more about small business and about our economic plans in the days and weeks ahead.
But today, here in this community college devoted to opening minds and creating great understanding of the world of which we live, I want to address something that I am hearing about from Americans all over our country.
Everywhere I go, people tell me how concerned they are by the divisive rhetoric coming from my opponent in this election.
And I understand that concern, because it’s like nothing we’ve heard before from a nominee for president of the United States from one of our two major parties.
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.
In just this past week, under the guise of “outreach” to African Americans, Trump has stood up in front of largely white audiences and described black communities in such insulting and ignorant terms: “Poverty. Rejection. Horrible education. No housing. No homes. No ownership. Crime at levels nobody has seen." Right now," he said, "you walk down the street and get shot.”
Those are his words.
But when I hear them, I think to myself: How sad. Donald Trump misses so much.
He doesn’t see the success of black leaders in every field, the vibrancy of black-owned businesses, the strength of the black church.
He doesn’t see the excellence of historically black colleges and universities or the pride of black parents watching their children thrive.
And he apparently didn't see Police Chief Brown on television after the murders of five of his officers conducting himself with such dignity.
He certainly doesn’t have any solutions to take on the reality of systemic racism and create more equity and opportunity in communities of color and for every American.
It really does take a lot of nerve to ask people he’s ignored and mistreated for decades, “What do you have to lose?” Because the answer is: Everything.
Now, Trump’s lack of knowledge or experience or solutions would be bad enough.
But what he’s doing here is more sinister.
Trump is reinforcing harmful stereotypes and offering a dog whistle to his most hateful supporters.
It’s a disturbing preview of what kind of president he’d be.
And that's what I want to make clear today:
A man with a long history of racial discrimination, who traffics in dark conspiracy theories drawn from the pages of supermarket tabloids and the far, dark reaches of the internet, should never run our government or command our military.
Ask yourself, if he doesn’t respect all Americans, how can he serve all Americans?
Now, I know some people still want to give Trump the benefit of the doubt.
They hope that he will eventually reinvent himself – that there’s a kinder, gentler, more responsible Donald Trump waiting in the wings somewhere.
Because after all, it’s hard to believe anyone – let alone a nominee for president – could really believe all the things he says.
But the hard truth is, there’s no other Donald Trump. This is it.
And let’s not forget Trump first gained political prominence leading the charge for the so-called “Birthers.” He promoted the racist lie that President Obama is not really an American citizen – part of a sustained effort to delegitimize America’s first black president.
In 2015, Trump launched his own campaign for president with another racist lie. He described Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals. And he accused the Mexican government of actively sending them across the border. None of that is true.
Oh, and by the way, Mexico’s not paying for his wall either.
When asked in a nationally televised interview whether he would disavow the support of David Duke, a former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, Trump wouldn’t do it. And only later, again, under mounting pressure, did he backtrack.
And when Trump was asked about anti-Semitic slurs and death threats coming from his supporters, he refused to condemn them.
Just recently, Trump claimed that President Obama founded ISIS. And he has repeated that over and over again.
His latest paranoid fever dream is about my health. All I can say is, Donald, dream on.
You know, I’ve stood by President Obama’s side as he made the toughest decisions a Commander-in-Chief has to make.
In times of crisis, our country depends on steady leadership, clear thinking, calm judgment. Because one wrong move can mean the difference between life and death. I know we have veterans here and I know we have families, mothers and spouses of people currently serving.
The last thing we need in the Situation Room is a loose cannon who can’t tell the difference -- or doesn't care to -- between fact and fiction, and who buys so easily into racially-tinged rumors.
Someone so detached from reality should never be in charge of making decisions that are as real as they come.
He’d abolish the bedrock constitutional principle that says if you’re born in the United States, you’re an American citizen. He says that children born into undocumented parents in America are “anchor babies” and should be deported. Millions of them.
And he’d ban Muslims around the world, billions of them, from entering our country just because of their religion.
Think about that for a minute. How would it actually work? So people landing in U.S. airports would line up to get their passports stamped, just like they do now.
But in Trump’s America, when they step up to the counter, the immigration officer would ask every single person, “What is your religion?”
Trump likes to say he only hires the “best people.” But he’s had to fire so many campaign managers it’s like an episode from the Apprentice.
It's truly hard to believe, but according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, Breitbart embraces “ideas on the extremist fringe of the conservative right."
This is not conservatism as we have known it. This is not Republicanism as we have know it. These are race-baiting ideas, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant ideas, anti-woman –– all key tenets making up an emerging racist ideology known as the ‘Alt-Right.’ Now Alt-Right is short for “Alternative Right.”
The Wall Street Journal describes it as a loose but organized movement, mostly online, that “rejects mainstream conservatism, promotes nationalism and views immigration and multiculturalism as threats to white identity.”
Trump himself heaps praise on Putin and embraces pro-Russian policies.
There’s an old Mexican proverb that says “Tell me with whom you walk, and I will tell you who you are.”
We know who Trump is. A few words on a teleprompter won’t change that.
And this isn’t just about one election. It’s about who we are as a nation.
I don't know about you but I don't think we have a person to waste. We want to build an America where every person has a place where if you work hard and do your part, you can get ahead and stay ahead. That's the basic bargain of America. And we cannot get to where we need to be unless we stand together and stand up against prejudice and paranoia and prove once and for all that America is great because is America is good.
Thank you all. Let's go out and win the election. May God bless the United States and bless you!
To read the full speech in context: Hillary Clinton’s ‘alt-right’ speech, annotated - The Washington Post
Bottom line ...
Send Hillary Clinton to prison for violating the Espionage Act, obstructing justice, and running a criminal enterprise.
And, where in the mainstream media do you find that both Hillary and Bill Clinton's mentors were segregationists, Klansmen, or that the Clintons celebrated Confederate Flag day annually while in office. And let not forget that it was in Arkansas that the National Guard surrounded a school to prevent black children from entering -- until the 1101st Airborne was sent by a Republican to protect the children. Read more here.
Don't forget, it was a prominent progressive socialist democrat hero, President Woodrow Wilson, who was a stone cold racist and ordered the government to re-segregate the civil service after it was de-segregated by the GOP.
It's called projection: the progressive socialist democrats take everything that they are guilty of and ascribe the same motives and actions to the GOP.
Donald Trump may be many things, but being a racist is not one of them.
We are so screwed.
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius