RENO — Hillary Clinton hit on Donald Trump’s extremism during a Thursday campaign stop on the campus of Truckee Meadows Community College.
The Democratic presidential nominee said voters should not be “fooled” by Republican rival Donald Trump’s efforts to rebrand his campaign.
She said Trump is the first nominee of a major party to stoke and encourage racial hate. The country, she’s arguing, is at a “moment of reckoning” where voters and public figures must stand up and denounce prejudice and paranoia.
Trump’s real message, she says, is “make America hate again.”
Clinton was delivering a speech Thursday highlighting Trump’s support within the “alt-right” movement, which is often associated with efforts on the far right to preserve “white identity.”
She says: “No one should have any illusions about what’s really going on here.”
Trump in turn accused Clinton of “using race-baiting” to lure black voters and “pandering to the worst instincts in our society” with a speech in which she accused the Republican presidential candidate of stirring up racial divisions.
Minutes after Clinton’s speech ended, Trump tweeted Clinton should be ashamed of herself. Without specifying what he was referring to, he tweeted her speech contained lies and added, “She is the only one fear-mongering!”
He also tweeted Thursday blacks know Clinton “is all talk and NO ACTION!”
She also pushed back on unfounded accusations from Trump and others she suffers from poor health.
She says: “His latest paranoid fever dream is about my health. All I can say is, Donald, dream on.”
Clinton said Trump’s questions about her health are an outgrowth of treating “the National Enquirer like Gospel.”
Trump and his allies have said unspecified maladies leave Clinton unfit to assume the presidency.
Trump has scheduled a fundraiser Friday night on the south shore of Lake Tahoe.