Clinton to NAACP: Whites "Need to Recognize Our Privilege"; "Trump Plays Coy With White Supremacists"

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Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton addresses the NAACP's annual convention Monday in Cincinnati.

HILLARY CLINTON: We need to recognize our privilege and practice humility rather than assume that our experiences are everyone’s experiences. We all need to try as best we can to walk in one another’s shoes, to imagine what it would be like to sit our son or daughter down and have the talk about how carefully they need to act around police because the slightest wrong move could get them hurt or even killed.

Let’s also put ourselves in the shoes of police officers, kissing their kids and spouses goodbye every day and heading off to a dangerous job that their families pray will bring them home safe at night. Empathy works both ways. We’ve got to try to see the world through their eyes, too.

When you get right down to it, that’s what makes it possible for people from every background, every race, every religion to come together as one nation. It’s what makes our country endure, and in times like these, we need a president who can help call us together, not split us apart.

I will work every single day to do just that. And what I am about to say, I say with no satisfaction. The Republican nominee for president will do the exact opposite.

Now, he — he might say otherwise if he were here, but of course, he declined your invitation.

So all we can go on is what he has said and done in the past. Donald Trump led the movement to delegitimize our first black president, trumpeting the so-called birther movement. Donald Trump plays coy with white supremacists. Donald Trump insults Mexican immigrants, even an American judge born of Mexican heritage.

Donald Trump demeans women. Donald Trump wants to ban an entire religion from entering our country. And Donald Trump loves to talk to the press.

But let’s not forget — let us not forget the first time Donald Trump was quoted in the New York Times was in 1973 when the Justice Department went after his company for refusing to rent apartments to African-Americans.

It was one of the largest federal cases of its kind at the time and when federal investigators spoke with Trump’s employees, they said they were instructed to mark rental applications from black people with a ‘c.’ A ‘c’ for ‘colored.’

By now, we’ve heard a lot of troubling things about Donald Trump, but that one’s shocking. This man is the nominee of the party of Lincoln and we are watching it become the party of Trump and that is not just a huge loss to our democracy. It is a threat to our democracy.

And it all adds up. It all adds up to an undeniable conclusion. I do not care if you are a Democrat, a Republican, an independent, Donald Trump cannot become president of the United States.


Full transcript here.

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