Fox Host Stumps WSJ Reporter: Doesn’t Trump ‘Trade In Racism?’ (VIDEO)

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August 25, 2016 5:50 p.m.

A Wall Street Journal reporter seemed to be at a loss Thursday following Hillary Clinton’s speech tying Donald Trump to the alt-right, refusing to comment on whether he thought Donald Trump panders to racists.

Immediately following Clinton’s speech in Reno, Nevada, James Grimaldi, an investigative reporter for The Wall Street Journal, appeared on Shepard Smith’s Fox News show. When prompted to give his take on Clinton’s characterizations of Trump, Grimaldi seemed to struggle to come up with any real analysis.

“I think bringing up the Breitbart guy that’s on the campaign, I think it will be interesting to see how he responds to this,” Grimaldi said. “He did try to do a pre-response, I think, but you know, she, I think, is trying to match his very hard-hitting language with something that she considers hard-hitting, but thinks is more documented than maybe some of the attacks he is leveling against her.”

When Smith asked if Clinton’s attacks were more “documented” than Trump’s, Grimaldi said that perhaps they were and that Trump “trades in hyperbole.”

“He trades in racism, doesn’t he?” Smith pressed.

“Well, I’ll leave that up to the commentators to talk about whether he is—you know, people who have, on the opinion side are probably more apt or able to talk about whether he is racist or racism,” Grimaldi replied. “I quote what people say, you know? She quoted Paul Ryan, the speaker of the house, saying that one of his statements was trademark, I guess, textbook racist. I’m not one to generally label people like that. So I would pass on that question.”

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