Clinton: Trump Appealing to ‘Paranoia and Prejudice’
Donald Trump is under attack from every direction. Speaking to the Des Moines Register’s editorial board on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton accused the Republican candidate of pandering to a group of anxious Americans.
“Mr. Trump and his outrageous appeals to paranoia and prejudice — he gets some of the reaction he does in part because people are genuinely worried and anxious and looking for answers,” Clinton said.
Clinton said the solution is to raise the minimum wage, encourage corporate profit sharing and close tax loopholes such as the carried interest deduction in order to “shift resources and get the wealthy to pay more of their fair share so we can put more money into the pockets of the middle class.”
She added that middle-class struggles have provoked “appeals to demagoguery” and led to the rise of outsiders such as Trump in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
Trump and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson have rocketed to the top of the Republican polls and together take a majority of support. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina has also seen a recent spike.
Clinton on Tuesday said she doesn’t believe the outsiders have broad enough appeal to endure and win the GOP nomination.
“The idea that Americans are looking for someone who has never been elected to anything, who has never had to deal with Congress, who has never negotiated with a foreign country on matters of life or death, I do not think it has staying power,” she said.