GOP nominee Donald Trump, surrounded by white people at a rally Wednesday evening in Jackson, Mississippi, called Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton a “bigot” who doesn’t care about minority voters.
Hillary Clinton is a bigot who sees people of color only as votes, not as human beings worthy of a better future. She’s going to do nothing for African-Americans, she’s going to do nothing for the Hispanics. She’s only going to take care of herself, her husband, her consultants, her donors. These are the people she cares about. She doesn’t care what her policies have done to your communities. She doesn’t care.
Remember this: You’ve had her policies, Democrats, running some of the inner cities for 50, 70, 80, even over 100 years. And look what you have right now. Poverty, no education, crime. You can’t walk down the street with your child. We’re going to fix it, we’re going to fix it.
Clinton responded on CNN shortly after the rally, saying Trump has taken “a hate movement mainstream ... [and] brought it into his campaign.”
Trump’s comments, part of his prepared remarks, strengthened accusations he made earlier this month at a rally in Wisconsin, where he said Clinton was “pandering” and talking “down to communities of color.”
Trump didn’t elaborate on his own strategy to attract minority votes.
He repeated a promise on Monday to deport millions of undocumented immigrants “so fast your head will spin.” But as he continues to tumble in polls, Trump appeared to soften some aspects of his immigration proposal in an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity earlier this week.
Trump’s statement on Wednesday appeared to shock some of his supporters in Mississippi, including a woman just behind his right shoulder.
Marina Fang contributed reporting.
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar,rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.