Hillary campaign released this video on September 13, 2016 pic.twitter.com/LrojmcsSjA
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) August 15, 2017
Now CNN’s Dan Merica figures it out…
Many of Hillary Clinton’s top aides sat nervously a year ago this month as their boss stepped up to a podium in Reno, Nevada to decry then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, accuse him of “taking hate groups mainstream” and come close to labeling him a racist…
There was a deep internal debate within the Clinton campaign on whether the former secretary of state should give a speech that directly challenged Trump’s views on race, according to interviews with more than 10 former top Clinton aides, some of whom asked to speak anonymously because of their current roles in Democratic politics. As Trump contentiously defended the alt-right on Tuesday, though, these former aides were left feeling with one overriding sense: Hillary Clinton tried to warn us.
“This is what I want to make clear today,” Clinton said, flanked by American flags at Truckee Meadows Community College. “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 reaches of the Internet, should never run our government or command our military.”
She added: “He says he wants to make America great again, but, more and more, it seems his real message is Make America Hate Again.”…
Clinton responded to the violence in Charlottesville by tweeting Saturday that “the incitement of hatred that got us here is as real and condemnable as the white supremacists in our streets,” adding in a later message that “every minute we allow this to persist through tacit encouragement or inaction is a disgrace.” Clinton has yet to respond to Trump’s news conference Tuesday, but to the aides and advisers that helped shape her August 2016 speech, her response was given a year earlier.
There was deep debate between a wide array of aides whether a speech from the candidate on Trump and race would be well received and whether the message could be delivered without it being cast as nothing more than an already subterranean political discourse going lower.
Clinton, according to an aide, said at one meeting about the speech that she was not prepared to call Trump a racist, something reporters would later ask her directly.
“I don’t know what is in his heart,” Clinton told her top aides, “but I want to lay out the facts.”…
Best practice, if you’re trying to persuade people: Not He is a racist — that leads to derailing arguments — but That was a racist thing he said/did/lived. Because it doesn’t matter what Donald Trump ‘believes in his heart’, whatever Ivanka or Sarah Huckabee Sanders might say; what matters is what he says, and does, and enables.
Maybe Trump wasn't duped, and hired a campaign full of alt-right leaders & Russia allies b/c he has his own affinity for alt-right & Russia?
— Jesse Lee (@JesseCharlesLee) August 15, 2017
Or—just as damning—he’s not bothered by their ideology, so he hired people whose overt racist beliefs made them unemployable w other R’s https://t.co/6kzUMcFvir
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) August 15, 2017
um, yes of course. E.G. this from Clinton staffer whose job was monitoring Trump https://t.co/QpTmswLgOI
— MyNameIsStillWithHer (@FakeEmily65) August 15, 2017
Not every Trump supporter was deplorable, but just about every deplorable was a Trump supporter.
And likely still is.
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) August 16, 2017