Donald Trump Stands by Hillary Clinton "Bigot" Claim to Anderson Cooper
The CNN host pressed the GOP presidential candidate to clarify his words Thursday on 'Anderson Cooper 360'.
One day after calling Hillary Clinton a "bigot" at a rally, Donald Trump is standing by his claim.
"She is a bigot," the GOP presidential nominee said Thursday, repeating his accusation from Wednesday's Mississippi event to Anderson Cooper while appearing on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360. "If you look at what’s happening to the inner cities, you look at what’s happening to African-Americans and Hispanics in this country where she talks all the time."
Cooper, unsatisfied with Trump's explanation, pressed the divisive nominee on his reasoning by defining the term.
"But how is she bigoted?" Cooper asked. "Bigotry is having hatred towards a particular group."
"Because she is selling them down the tubes because she’s not doing anything for those communities," Trump replied. "She talks a good game. But she doesn’t do anything."
Cooper continued, "So you’re saying she has hatred or dislike of black people?" Trump said her policies "are bigoted because she knows they're not going to work."
When Cooper asked if he is saying Clinton is personally bigoted, Trump continued to give him a runaround.
"Oh, she is," said Trump. "They’re her policies, she comes out with the policies and others that believe, like she does, also. But she came out with policies over the years. This is over the years, long time. She’s totally bigoted, there’s no question about that."
In an attempt to again parse his words, Cooper asked if Trump is specifically implying that she has hatred toward African-Americans.
"I think she has been extremely, extremely bad for African-Americans," said Trump. "I think she has been extremely bad for Hispanics. You look at what’s happened with her policies and the policies of President Obama and others. Look at the poverty. Look at the rise in poverty. Look at the rise in violence."
For his final attempt, Cooper asked: "But hatred is at the core of that or dislike of African-Americans?"
"Or maybe she's lazy."
Trump also stood by his controversial pleas to black voters and repeated his opinion that Clinton "should be in jail" over her emails.
He told Cooper that he doesn't think African Americans are insulted by his statements, repeating: "What do you have to lose?" (He has previously said: "You’re living in poverty. Your schools are no good. You have no jobs.")
At one point during the interview, he told Cooper, "I know you want to protect her."
Donald Trump: “Hillary Clinton should be in jail. You know it. The FBI director knows it. Everybody else knows it.” https://t.co/RkgO5E9Ovi— CNN (@CNN) August 26, 2016
On Wednesday, Cooper spoke to Clinton about Trump's initial comment.
"He is taking a hate movement mainstream," the Democratic presidential nominee told the host, adding that he is "someone who is very much pedaling bigotry and prejudice and paranoia."
Clinton continued to focus on Trump's "divisive rhetoric" while speaking Thursday at a rally in Nevada.
"From the start, Donald Trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia," she said. "He is taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over the Republican party."
Trump also held a rally on Thursday, in Manchester, N.H., where he said his opponent "paints decent Americans as racists."
"Hillary Clinton is going to try to accuse this campaign, and the millions of decent Americans who support this campaign, of being racists," said Trump ahead of his Anderson Cooper 360 interview.