Pastor Mark Burns slammed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for a campaign video released on Thursday that links Republican candidate Donald Trump to the Ku Klux Klan.
“Hillary Clinton and her campaign went to a disgusting new low today as they released a video tying the Trump Campaign with horrific racial images,” Burns said in a statement released by the Trump campaign on Thursday.
“This type of rhetoric and repulsive advertising is revolting and completely beyond the pale. I call on Hillary Clinton to disavow this video and her campaign for this sickening act that has no place in our world,” he added.
Burns, the co-founder and CEO of the NOW television network, is a member of Trump’s diversity coalition.
— Linda Suhler, Ph.D. (@LindaSuhler) August 25, 2016
He spoke on the GOP nominee’s behalf at the Republican National Convention.
Clinton’s video includes a man dressed up in Ku Klux Klan garb saying of Trump, “A lot of what he believes, we believe in.” It also includes a clip from “alt-right” leader Jared Taylor saying he likes Trump’s views on building a wall on the Mexican border and Muslim immigration.
The video also highlights that Steve Bannon, Trump’s new campaign CEO, was the editor-in-chief of Breitbart News, which is portrayed as a purveyor of “alt-right” views.
There’s a reason the most hateful fringe of the right wing is supporting Donald Trump.https://t.co/AqB3DM2m0N
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 25, 2016
Clinton followed up the video with remarks at a speech in Reno, Nev., on Thursday charging that Trump is “taking hate groups mainstream.”
The video and the speech may be in response to Trump’s direct appeals to African-American voters in recent speeches, when he has charged that Democrat policies supported by Clinton have been hurting blacks and keeping them in poverty.
In a speech last Friday in Michigan, the candidate said, “The inner cities of our country have been run by the Democratic Party for 50 years. Their policies have produced only poverty, joblessness, failing schools and broken homes.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 19, 2016
“If you keep voting for the same people, you will keep getting exactly the same results,” he contended.
Trump pointed to specific policies that Clinton supports as being detrimental to those trying to climb out of poverty, including plans to raise taxes on small businesses, to support open borders, to oppose school choice and to back unfair trade policies.
The businessman is hoping to gain some support among African-Americans, with whom, like GOP nominee Mitt Romney during the 2012 election cycle, he is only polling in single digits.
Trump has also made similar appeals to Latinos recently and softened his rhetoric regarding illegal immigration. The candidate even signaled on Fox News’ Hannity earlier this week that he would open to some form of legal status for those who have lived in the country for years and are productive members of society.
Clinton’s move is also clearly aimed at changing the subject in the media, which in recent days has focused on apparent pay-for-play favors granted by the State Department for Clinton Foundation top donors, the former secretary of state’s failure to turn over 15,000 work-related emails despite telling the public multiple times over the last year she had, and even questions about her health.
As reported by Western Journalism, a prominent leader of the Ku Klux Klan endorsed Clinton earlier this year, explaining, “She’s a Democrat. The Klan has always been a Democratic organization.”
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