Hillary Clinton attacks Trump for taking online racism mainstream

From The Verge:

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has called out rival Donald Trump over his affinity with online fringe groups — or, as she puts it, people from “the far dark reaches of the internet.” In a speech that was first previewed earlier this week, Clinton addressed Trump’s ties to the alt-right, a reactionary group that has propagated online over the past few years. It’s one of the most high-profile offline mentions of the movement so far, and a sign that it’s becoming increasingly central to the presidential campaign.

Clinton has gone after Trump’s online behavior before, particularly his vitriolic Twitter presence, calling him “a man you can bait with a tweet” at the Democratic National Convention. But this time, she specifically tied Trump to the kind of online racism that journalists and groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center have been keeping tabs on for months. “A man with a long history of racial discrimination, who traffics in dark conspiracy theories drawn from the pages of of supermarket tabloids and the far dark reaches of the internet, should never run our government or command our military,” Clinton said, accusing Trump of building his campaign “on prejudice and paranoia.”

More recently, the Trump campaign hired the CEO of far-right publication Breitbart News, which Clinton accused of propagating “an emerging racist ideology known as the ‘alt-right.’” This “de facto merger between Breitbart and the Trump Campaign represents a landmark achievement for the alt-right,” she said. “A fringe element has effectively taken over the Republican Party.”

Trump retweets white supremacists. He took a fringe bigot and spread his message to 11 million people. https://t.co/dEv9EdvXtJ

Alt-right or alternative right is a loose term, although …

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