Donald Trump lashed out at Hillary Clinton on Thursday shortly before her she was scheduled to give a speech linking him to the nationalist, pro-white “alt-right” movement, calling it “one of the most brazen attempts at distraction in the history of politics.”
Trump told a crowd in Manchester, New Hampshire, that Clinton’s speech would unfairly “smear” as racists the “millions of decent Americans” who support his campaign.
“It’s the oldest play in the Democratic playbook,” Trump said. “When Democratic policies fail, they are left with only this one tired argument. You’re racist, you’re racist, you’re racist. They keep saying it. You’re racist. It’s a tired, disgusting argument. And it’s so totally predictable.”
Trump has taken a newfound interest in courting the support of minorities, telling black and Latino voters that Democratic politicians use them for their votes. He went so far as to call Clinton a “bigot” in a speech on Wednesday.
The Democratic nominee will give an address Thursday afternoon in Reno, Nevada, highlighting Trump’s support from white supremacists and anti-immigrant advocates.