Clinton to accuse Trump of embracing
nativist political movement
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[August 25, 2016]
By Amanda Becker
PALO ALTO, California (Reuters) - Democrat
Hillary Clinton will accuse Donald Trump of embracing a brand of U.S.
political conservatism associated with white nationalism and nativism
when she makes a Nevada campaign stop on Thursday.
Aides said Clinton will link Trump's statements about immigration and
religion to the rise of a political fringe movement in the U.S. known as
the "alternative right", which opposes multiculturalism and immigration.
Clinton's speech is an effort to keep attention focused on what a top
aide called Trump's "divisive and dystopian vision" as he tries to
reverse his slumping position in opinion polls in key battleground
states before the Nov. 8 presidential election.
Her campaign said Trump's recent installation of a new campaign
leadership team was no indicator that he would move away from past
statements criticizing the objectivity of an American judge of Mexican
heritage or proposing to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the
"Trump's newly installed brain trust," Clinton campaign chairman John
Podesta said in a statement, "completes Donald Trumpís disturbing
takeover of the Republican Party.
"Republicans up and down the ticket are going to have to choose whether
they want to be complicit in this lurch toward extremism or stand with
voters who can't stomach it," he said.
Trumpís campaign declined to comment on Clintonís campaign speech, but
at a Mississippi rally on Wednesday, the Republican nominee called
Clinton a "bigot who sees people of color only as votes, not as human
Trump is set to meet with African-American leaders in New York City on
Thursday and said he would unveil an immigration proposal within the
next two weeks.
In comments broadcast on Fox News on Wednesday night, Trump backed
farther away from his hardline stance on deporting millions of illegal
immigrants, saying he would be willing to work with those who have
abided by U.S. laws while living in the country.
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Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton holds a rally at
West Philadelphia High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania August
16, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Makela
When asked by CNN to respond to Trump's charge that she was a
"bigot" on Wednesday evening, Clinton said he was "taking a hate
"He's brought it into his campaign. He's bringing it to our
communities and our country," Clinton said. "I will have more to say
about this tomorrow."
Her campaign cites Trumpís decision to bring on Breitbart News
executive Steve Bannon as his new campaign chief as a sign Trump is
strengthening his ties to the alternative right movement.
During Bannonís tenure, Breitbart News increased its coverage of
alt-right issues, and Bannon told the magazine Mother Jones during
the Republican National Convention last month that the website was
"the platform for the alt-right".
The term "alt-right" is used to describe a faction of political
conservatives that have used the Internet in recent months to
advance views of white supremacism, anti-Semitism and nativism.
(Reporting by Amanda Becker; editing by Mark Heinrich)
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