Sticking with his apparent “speak first, think later” motto, Donald Trump called his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton a “bigot” during a campaign event in Jackson, Mississippi, on Wednesday.
“Hillary Clinton is a bigot who sees people of color only as votes, not as human beings worthy of a better future," the GOP presidential nominee told the largely white crowd. “She doesn't care what her policies have done to your communities. She has no remorse. She's going to do nothing for Hispanics and African-Americans.”
It was a cringe-worthy accusation coming from someone like Trump, who recently tried pitching to black voters by asking, “What the hell do you have to lose?”
While the loud-mouthed billionaire has previously used the word “bigoted” to describe some of Clinton’s policies, this was the first time he called the candidate herself a bigot.
Even his own supporters were taken aback by the comment.
Reaction of Trump supporter after the Orange Man calls Hillary a bigot... pic.twitter.com/25aCL3hP9l— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) August 25, 2016
On Thursday, CNN host Anderson Cooper grilled the obnoxious business mogul on his remarks and challenged him to explain what makes Clinton a bigot. Unsurprisingly, Trump defended the label.
“Bigotry is having hatred towards a particular group,” Cooper said, “So you’re saying she has hatred or dislike of black people?”
Trump responded by claiming that the former secretary of state is “not doing anything for those communities.”
“So you’re saying she has hatred or dislike of black people?” Cooper continued his interrogation.
The White House hopeful then called Clinton’s policies bigoted, though when the host reminded that he said she is personally bigoted, he replied, “of course she is. Her policies.”
“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,” the host tried to clarify again. Instead of answering, the former reality TV star continued talking about Clinton and President Barack Obama’s policies towards minorities and the rise in violence and crime.
“But hatred is at the core of that or dislike of African Americans?” Cooper finally asked, to which Trump relented, “Or maybe she’s lazy.”
Meanwhile, Clinton fired back at the GOP candidate by saying he was “taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over one of America’s two major political parties.”