In all the furor over Hillary Clinton‘s “basket of deplorables” remark and the false accusation that she said ISIS is rooting for Donald Trump to win the election, there was perhaps an even more telling exchange that was missed in Clinton’s recent Israeli TV interview. After Donald Trump‘s joke about the possibility of Hillary being assassinated, the son of slain Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin said “incitement” like this “led to the murder of my father,” and Israeli television journalist Yonit Levi asked Hillary about that chilling assessment by Yuval Rabin.
Hillary replied that she is “concerned because of the very explicit incitement to violence that has been a part of the Trump campaign,” and after citing several examples, told Levi that “I’m also not going to be bullied or intimidated”:
Yonti Levi: Are you concerned that this violent rhetoric might translate into violent action against you, or against anyone else?
Hillary Clinton: Well, I’ve certainly been concerned because of the very explicit incitement to violence that has been a part of the Trump campaign from the very beginning. At a lot of his big rallies during his primary campaign, there was encouragement of violence, he was offering to pay legal fees for those in the audience who were attacking protesters that were in their midst. I’m not going to ignore it, I’m not going to allow it to fester.. (inaudible) Well, I despise the association Trump has, he retweets a white supremacist who writes under the handle “White Genocide,” he puts the man in charge of the Breitbart site, which traffics in conspiracy theories and really tries to create an emotional atmosphere in which people feel somehow aggrieved, and they are told to take it out on immigrants, take it out on African-Americans, take it out on Jewish people, take it out on women, take it out on somebody. It is a toxic brew.
But I’m also not going to be bullied or intimidated by the kind of rhetoric and demagoguery coming from the Trump campaign.
Some of Hillary’s remarks were in reference to Steven Bannon, who was hired as the Trump campaign’s CEO in August, and whose “alt-right” leanings have been a focus of Hillary’s campaign ever since.
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