During Monday’s MSNBC town hall, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton argued that African-Americans mistrust Donald Trump because his calls for violence remind them of the lynch mobs of old.
“You have someone like Trump, a demagogue, a showman, an inciter who is actually fanning the flames instead of trying to… bring down the passion so that people could work together to find common ground. That’s what we need today in America,” she said.
Host Chris Matthews asked Clinton about Trump’s history of anti-Barack Obama birtherism. “Do you think that’s one reason why the African-Americans as a group have really, really turned on him?” he asked.
Clinton said she believed that was part of it. “But I think it’s more than that. You know, when you are inciting mob violence… there are a lot of memories that people have, you know. They’re in the DNA.”
“People remember mob violence that led to lynching,” she continued. “People remember mob violence that led to people being shot, being grabbed, being mistreated. And it’s something that has a deep, almost psychological resonance to people who have ever been in any position of feeling somewhat fearful, somewhat worried.”
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