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Stephanie Sy Thu, Aug 25 9:00 PM PDT
After Hillary Clinton’s denunciations of Donald Trump as a race-baiting demagogue, he dug up the oldest comeback in the book: I know you are but what am I?
The Republican presidential candidate says that Clinton talks a good game about helping African-Americans and Hispanics but that she’s actually a bigot whose policies are “selling them down the tubes.”
“She is a bigot, because you look at what’s happening to the inner cities. You look at what’s happening to African-Americans and Hispanics in this country,” Trump said during a Thursday night interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “She’s not doing anything for those communities.”
Cooper pressed Trump, who had called Clinton a bigot at a rally Wednesday night, on the definition of “bigotry” and whether the GOP nominee thinks Clinton has antipathy or hatred toward a particular group, or if he just thinks her policies are bigoted.
“She is. Of course she is! Her policies — they’re her policies. She comes out with policies, and others that believe like she does also,” Trump continued. “But she came out with policies over the years — this is over the years, long time — she’s totally bigoted. There’s no question about that.”
In general, Trump said Clinton has been “extremely bad for African-Americans” and “extremely bad for Hispanics.”
“You look at what’s happened with her policies and the policies of President Obama and others. Look at the poverty. Look at the rise in poverty. Look at the rise in violence,” he said.
Asked again if hatred is at the core of Clinton’s alleged shortcomings, Trump suggested that she might also just be lazy.
Casting her candidacy as a nonracist alternative, Clinton praised black poet Maya Angelou as “a great American who I admire very much” and quoted an “old Mexican proverb” in order to argue that Trump had revealed his true colors with his provocative comments and his associations with fringe figures.
On Friday morning, like clockwork, both candidates continued to accuse each other of racism — this time through video.
Trump’s team posted a video to his Instagram page with the caption, “The Clinton’s are the real predators…” It showed Clinton in 1994 defending the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, which her husband, former President Bill Clinton, signed into law.
“They are often the kinds of kids that are called superpredators,” she said at the time. “No conscience. No empathy. We can talk about how they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel.” Black Lives Matter activists and others have challenged her past use of the term “superpredators” this election cycle.
Trump’s attack video also incorporated a moment from the Democratic primary debates. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said “superpredators” was “a racist term and everybody knew it was a racist term.”
Not to be outdone, the Clinton campaign also released a new attack ad that accused Trump of being out of touch with the African-American community. The 30-second video strings together several controversial quotes from Trump — such as “look at my African-American” and “I have a great relationship with the blacks” — while dramatic music plays in the background. The video also quotes Trump asking, “What the hell do you have to lose” by voting for him. The Clinton camp’s answer: everything.
On Thursday night, Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, scoffed at the accusation that she is bigoted against black people. He told “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert that she fought for racial justice in the juvenile justice system in the South and against segregation in Alabama after finishing law school.
“At his early career,” Kaine added of Trump, “Donald Trump was a real estate guy who got sued by the Justice Department for discriminating against people in housing, writing the letter ‘C’ on applications if they were minority.”
25 August 2016
- From the sectionUS Election 2016
A tropical system brewing in the Caribbean could strengthen into a hurricane before hitting Florida and the Gulf Coast in the coming days.
Weather forecasters warn that the storm has a 60% chance of turning into a depression or named storm, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The tropical disturbance would be known as Hermine if upgraded to a storm.
Heavy rain in Florida brings the threat of more mosquitoes as the state grapples with a Zika virus outbreak.
Earlier this week, Florida announced five new cases of Zika, which is frequently spread by mosquitoes, bringing the state’s total number of infected people to 42.
Weather officials estimate the tropical system, currently known as Invest 99-L, will hit the Bahamas by Friday and could arrive in South Florida and the Florida Keys by Sunday or Monday.
The tropical disturbance was located southeast of the Turks and Caicos Islands as of Thursday morning, but is still considered a disorganised system with no defined centre of circulation, according to the hurricane centre.
Should the system develop into Hermine, it would become the eighth named storm of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season.
Meteorologist have also expressed uncertainty about the potential storm tracking toward the Gulf Coast and Louisiana, where residents are still reeling from devastating floods that have left 13 people dead.
The last hurricane to strike Florida was Wilma in 2005, which made landfall in the US the same year as Katrina.
Meanwhile, the central Atlantic saw hurricane Gaston quickly develop late on Wednesday before it was downgraded to a tropical storm.
Gaston had winds of up to 75 mph, making it a Category 1 hurricane, before it weakened and moved toward the Leeward Islands.
Hurricane season ends on 30 November.
25 August 2016
- From the sectionUS Election 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has accused Democratic rival Hillary Clinton of being a “bigot” in his latest appeal to minority voters.
Speaking at a Mississippi rally, he said his opponent “sees people of colour only as votes not as human beings worthy of a better future”.
Mr Trump added that Mrs Clinton and the Democratic party had taken advantage of the African-American community.
Mrs Clinton fired back, saying “he is taking a hate movement mainstream”.
The Democratic presidential nominee called out Mr Trump for questioning the citizenship of President Barack Obama and for failing to disavow former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, adding that he was “peddling bigotry and prejudice and paranoia”.
Mr Trump took aim at Mrs Clinton during a campaign stop in Jackson, Mississippi, on Wednesday, where he was joined by Britain’s outgoing UKIP leader Nigel Farage.
Mr Farage, who is viewed as a major force behind the UK’s exit from the EU, told Trump supporters to “get your walking boots on” and begin campaigning.
In recent days, Mr Trump has attempted to court African-Americans after failing to gain support among this key voting bloc.
Only about 2% of black voters say they will vote for the New York businessman, according to current polls.
Will ‘bigot’ charge work? Anthony Zurcher, BBC News, Washington
It’s a standard part of the American political playbook not just to try to exploit your campaign opponent’s weaknesses, but also to diminish his or her perceived strengths.
George W Bush adviser Karl Rove mastered this manoeuvre, best displayed in the 2004 attacks against John Kerry, a decorated veteran, for his Vietnam military service.
So it’s not exactly stunning that Donald Trump is attempting to undermine what a bedrock of Hillary Clinton’s campaign – her support among minority voters, particularly blacks.
The trick, however, is there has to be some appearance of substance behind the charges for them to stick. The reason Kerry was so damaged in 2004 was because the hits came from his fellow veterans and not Mr Bush.
Mr Trump’s calling Mrs Clinton a bigot in a few speeches is likely to bounce off the Democratic nominee if that’s all there is. A wealthy – white – New York billionaire telling blacks how terrible their lives are under Democrats is just not likely fly.
Indeed, attempting to paint the Democratic Party as unconcerned with minority issues, when the party’s rank-and-file is close to a majority minority and its top elected official, Barack Obama, is black is a very tough lift indeed.
Last week, Mr Trump made a direct appeal to black voters during a rally in Michigan, where he told a nearly all-white crowd that African-Americans “are living in poverty” and “their schools are no good”.
In an unscripted plea, he added: “What do you have to lose?”
The New York billionaire’s combined his minority outreach with his latest line of attack on Mrs Clinton in the deep-red state of Mississippi.
“She doesn’t care what her policies have done to your communities. She has no remorse,” he said on Wednesday. “She’s going to do nothing for Hispanics and African-Americans.”
Mrs Clinton is due to speak later in Reno, Nevada, where she will accuse Mr Trump of “embracing extremism and presenting a divisive and dystopian view of America”.
The polls have the Democrat ahead nationally and in key states, with about 80 days to go before the election.