Jennifer Palmieri, Clinton campaign communications director, says that white Supremacists took Donald Trump’s words literally, as evidenced from their chants of “Hail Trump.”
Palmieri continued to hit the Trump campaign for appealing to white supremacists by giving a platform to the alt-right movement.
She had a testy exchange with Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway on Dec. 1 during the during a post-election forum sponsored by Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
She wrote in an op-ed in the Washington Post, “I don’t know whether the Trump campaign needed to give a platform to white supremacists to win. But the campaign clearly did, and it had the effect of empowering the white-nationalist movement.”
“Trump provided a platform by retweeting white nationalists — giving their views an audience of millions. Views previously relegated to the darkest corners of the Internet also had a platform on Breitbart, the website of Trump campaign chief executive Stephen K. Bannon. “Before Trump, our identity ideas, national ideas, they had no place to go,” said Richard Spencer, president of a white-nationalist think tank that held a post-election conference in Washington. Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke said this fall, “The fact that Donald Trump’s doing so well, it proves that I’m winning.””
“You should take a candidate for president’s words literally. You know who else took his words literally? White supremacists. The white supremacists who lauded Trump with cries of “Hail, Trump!” Duke, who expressed confidence that Trump’s decision to make Bannon his chief strategist meant Duke’s ideology would have a prominent place in the West Wing. The students who mocked Hispanic athletes with chants of “build that wall.” The man in New York City who threatened the off-duty female Muslim police officer last weekend.”
Donald Trump may have won the election thanks to the Electoral College, but he has no mandate because he lost the popular vote. Hillary Clinton leads by 2.7 million and growing. The majority of Americans did not want him as our president. Many people are genuinely worried about the next four years. The white supremacists have been emboldened by his Hitleresque rise to power. He has done nothing substantive to repudiate the myriad of hate crimes being committed in his name.
Clinton Aide Jennifer Palmieri: White Supremacists Took Trump’s Words ‘Literally’
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