Hillary Clinton calls out ‘racist’ Donald Trump over Confederate monument
The Democratic presidential nominee on Monday said that Donald Trump “needs to get on board” with the idea of Confederate monuments being removed from public spaces.
“We need to get this out of the way,” Clinton told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
“I think it’s important that the public be informed of what’s going on with Confederate monuments, and that the Confederate monuments be removed from certain locations,” Clinton said.
“So, he needs to get to the table and say, I’m going to work with you to try to find some compromise,” Clinton continued.
“And then I’m also going to say, this is an issue that I have a lot of respect for, and I know you don’t.
But we’re going to try.”
The Democratic presidential candidate on Monday called out “racist” Donald Trump for his “callous and divisive” response to the defacing of a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12.
“When you make this racist statement about Robert E Lee, it’s not just disrespectful to the history of our country, it is also racist and offensive to African-Americans, it makes us question our place in the American political landscape,” Clinton argued.
“It makes us wonder about the nature of our place and how we can be part of the American democratic process.”
“I want him to come to the stage and listen to us.
I think he’s got to listen to the voices of people who are here today who are so proud of their heritage,” she added.
Clinton also took a swipe at Trump for saying that “he was only doing it” for his own political gain.
“He is saying that he is doing it for his political gain,” Clinton noted.
“So, you know, that’s the kind of guy he is.
That’s the sort of guy that we need to hold accountable for his words and actions.”
The former secretary of state also said that it’s time for Trump to “be honest about who he is.”
“We don’t need a politician who’s not transparent about who they are,” Clinton concluded.