Anderson Cooper embarrassed Trump, backpedaled on calling Clinton a bigot

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CNN host Anderson Cooper caught up Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and peppered him with questions about his recent statements that Hillary Clinton is a bigot. As is usual for Trump, he offered little substance and instead garbled out a world salad.

Cooper began, “You called, last night, Hillary Clinton a bigot. Previously you’ve called her policies bigoted. You directly called her a bigot.” Trump interrupted before Cooper could finish and rambled, “She is a bigot. Because you look at what is happening to the inner-cities. You look at what is happening to African-Americans and Hispanics in this country, where she talks all the time. She’s talking, look at the vets where she said, essentially, the vets are being treated, essentially, “just fine.” That it’s over exaggerated what’s happening to the vets, not so long ago.”

The CNN host attempted to force Trump to clarify, “How is she bigoted? Bigotry is having hatred towards a particular group.” Trump attempted to spin his words, “Well because she’s selling them down the tubes. Because she’s not doing anything for those communities. She talks a good game.”

Cooper continued looking for a straight answer, “You’re saying she’s personally bigoted.” Trump emphatically continued with his nonsense assault on Clinton, “She is. Of course she is. Her policies, they’re her policies. She comes out with the policies and others that believe like she does also, but she came out with policies over the years. This is over the years. Long time. She’s totally bigoted, there’s no question about that.”

During the segment Cooper appeared to be unwilling to demand a straight answer for Trump, and was content with allowing the Republican nominee to babble endlessly, “But it does imply that she has antipathy, that she has hatred toward, I guess in this case you’re talking about African-Americans, but I don’t want to put words in your mouth.” Trump did not slow down and said, “I think she has been extremely, extremely bad for African-Americans. I think she’s been extremely bad for Hispanics. You look at what’s happened with her policies and the policies of President Obama, and others. Look at the poverty. Look at the rise in poverty. Look at the rise in violence.”

At the end of the segment, Trump, in true fashion, gave himself some wiggle room. Cooper asked, “But hatred is at the core of that? Or dislike of African-Americans?” Trump said, “Or maybe she’s lazy.”

After a full babble of stupidity, Trump said Clinton is bigoted. Or maybe she’s lazy. Who knows? In Trump’s world things don’t require truth behind them to be said. His strategy is to say things and hope voters don’t look into them past his own words, because if voters were to investigate Hillary Clinton they would find many things — but they would never find she is a bigot.

 

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