MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Hillary Clinton said Thursday that Donald Trump has unleashed the “radical fringe” within the Republican Party, including anti-Semites and white supremacists, dubbing the billionaire businessman’s campaign as one that will “make America hate again.”
Trump rejected Clinton’s allegations, defending his hard-line approach to immigration while trying to make the case to minority voters that Democrats have abandoned them.
The ping-pong accusations come as the two candidates vie for minorities and any undecided voters with less than three months until Election Day. Weeks before the first early voting, Trump faces the urgent task of revamping his image to win over those skeptical of his candidacy.
In a tweet shortly after Clinton wrapped up her speech in the swing state of Nevada, Trump said she “is pandering to the worst instincts in our society. She should be ashamed of herself!”
Clinton is eager to capitalize on Trump’s slipping poll numbers, particularly among moderate Republican women turned off by his controversial campaign. “Don’t be fooled” by Trumps efforts to rebrand, she told voters at a speech in Reno, saying the country faced a “moment of reckoning.”
“He’s taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over one of America’s two major political parties,” she said.
Trump tried to get ahead of the Democratic nominee, addressing a crowd in Manchester, New Hampshire just minutes before Clinton.
“Hillary Clinton is going to try to accuse this campaign, and the millions of decent Americans who support this campaign, of being racists,” Trump predicted.
“To Hillary Clinton, and to her donors and advisers, pushing her to spread her smears and her lies about decent people, I have three words,” he said. “I want you to hear these words, and remember these words: Shame on you.”
Trump tried to turn the tables on Clinton, suggesting she was trying to distract from questions swirling around donations to The Clinton Foundation and her use of her private email servers.
“She lies, she smears, she paints decent Americans as racists,” said Trump, who then defended some of the core — and to some people, divisive — ideas of his candidacy.
Clinton did not address any of the accusations about her family foundation in her remarks. Instead, she offered a strident denouncement of Trump’s campaign, charging him with fostering hate and pushing discriminatory policies, like his proposed temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States.
Her speech focused on the so-called alt-right movement, which is often associated with efforts on the far right to preserve “white identity,” oppose multiculturalism and defend “Western values.” Discussions about the alt-right movement became the subject of a Twitter war Thursday, with people on both sides of the debate tweeting under the hashtag #altrightmeans.
“#altrightmeans we don’t want to kill you we just want you to go away,” tweeted one person.
“#altrightmeans white supremacy. That’s all Alt Right is. Another code word for white supremacy. Nothing more nothing less,” another tweet said.
Clinton’s campaign also released an online video that compiles footage of prominent white supremacist leaders praising Trump, who has been criticized for failing to immediately denounce the support he’s garnered from white nationalists and supremacists, including former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke.
Trump, who also met Thursday in New York with members of a new Republican Party initiative meant to train young — and largely minority — volunteers, has been working to win over blacks and Latinos in light of his past inflammatory comments and has been claiming that the Democrats have taken minority voters’ support for granted. At rallies over the past week, the Republican presidential nominee cast Democratic policies as harmful to communities of color, and in Mississippi on Wednesday he went so far as to label Clinton “a bigot.”
“They’ve been very disrespectful, as far as I’m concerned, to the African-American population in this country,” Trump said.
Many black leaders and voters have dismissed Trump’s message — delivered to predominantly white rally audiences — as condescending and intended more to reassure undecided white voters that he’s not racist, than to actually help minority communities.
Cornell William Brooks, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, told C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” Thursday that Trump has not reached out to the organization for any reason. He added that Trump refused the group’s invitation to speak at its convention.
“We’re going to make it clear: You don’t get to the White House unless you travel through the doors of the NAACP,” Brooks said. “More importantly, you don’t get to the White House without addressing the nation’s civil rights agenda.”
Before the meeting in New York, several protesters unfurled a banner over a railing in the lobby of Trump Tower that read, “Trump = Always Racist.” They were quickly escorted out by security as they railed against Trump for “trying to pander to black and Latino leaders.”
“Nothing will change,” they yelled.
Lerer reported from Reno, Nevada. Jill Colvin contributed reporting from Washington.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):
Republican Donald Trump is continuing to push back on allegations from rival Hillary Clinton that his candidacy has courted the “alt-right” movement.
In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Trump insists: “Nobody even knows what it is. And she didn’t know what it was.”
He says, “There’s no alt-right or alt-left. All I’m embracing is common sense.”
Trump’s new campaign CEO, Stephen Bannon, had previously said that the news site he oversaw, Breitbart News, was “the platform for the alt-right.”
Trump says, “I don’t know what Steve said,” adding, “We’re bringing love.”
Donald Trump says he doesn’t support legalizing the estimated 11 million people living in the country illegally — unless they leave the U.S. first.
The Republican presidential candidate has suggested recently he might be open to allowing those who have not broken other laws to remain in the country. But Trump tells CNN’s Anderson Cooper that under his plan, “There is no path to legalization unless people leave the country” and then return.
Trump says he plans to deport the “bad dudes” if he’s elected, adding, “After, that we’re going to see what happens.”
Still, he says, “It’s a process. You can’t take 11 at one time and say, boom, you’re gone.”
He says he expects to deliver a speech within a week providing more detail.
Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine says GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s shifting positions on immigration can’t be trusted.
Speaking during a Thursday afternoon taping of CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Kaine attacked Trump for wavering on whether immigrants here illegally must be deported.
“I don’t buy it,” Kaine said, before saying in Spanish that Trump is always fighting against the Latino community.
Trump has previously promised to deport the estimated 11 million people living in the United States illegally. In recent days, he’s suggested he might be open to allowing them to stay.
A former missionary in Honduras, Kaine frequently peppers his campaign appearances with remarks in Spanish.
Donald Trump is accusing rival Hillary Clinton of “using race-baiting” to lure black voters and “pandering to the worst instincts in our society” with a speech in which she accused the Republican presidential candidate of stirring up racial divisions.
Minutes after Clinton’s speech ended, Trump tweeted that Clinton should be ashamed of herself. Without specifying what he was referring to, he tweeted that her speech contained lies and added, “She is the only one fear-mongering!”
He also tweeted Thursday that blacks know that Clinton “is all talk and NO ACTION!”
Clinton used her speech to link Trump to the “alt-right” movement, which is often associated with far right efforts to preserve “white identity.” The Democrat spoke in Reno, Nevada.
A spokeswoman says Chelsea Clinton will remain on the board of directors of her family’s foundation.
Chelsea Clinton is the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee who has come under criticism for meeting with some of the foundation’s donors when she was secretary of state.
The former president announced last week that if his wife were elected president, he would step down from the foundation’s board and the organization would no longer accept foreign and corporate donations. But the continued role of Chelsea Clinton on the board and the foundation directing corporate and foreign money to its global health care project could create exceptions to those plans.
Hillary Clinton says voters should not be “fooled” by Republican rival Donald Trump’s efforts to rebrand his campaign.
She says Trump is the first nominee of a major party to stoke and encourage racial hate. The country, she’s arguing, is at a “moment of reckoning” where voters and public figures must stand up and denounce prejudice and paranoia.
Trump’s real message, she says, is “make America hate again.”
Clinton was delivering a speech Thursday highlighting Trump’s support within the “alt-right” movement, which is often associated with efforts on the far right to preserve “white identity.”
She says: “No one should have any illusions about what’s really going on here.”
Hillary Clinton is pushing back on unfounded accusations from Donald Trump and others that she suffers from poor health.
She says: “His latest paranoid fever dream is about my health. All I can say is, Donald, dream on.”
The Democratic presidential nominee says Trump’s questions about her health are an outgrowth of treating “the National Enquirer like Gospel.”
She was speaking in Reno, Nevada.
Trump, the Republican nominee, and his allies have said that unspecified maladies leave Clinton unfit to assume the presidency.
Hillary Clinton says rival Donald Trump is spreading hateful messages online by retweeting white supremacists and anti-Sematic tweets and images to his millions of Twitter followers.
She says: There’s been a steady stream of bigotry from him.”
Clinton is citing a series of hateful remarks posted by Trump’s account.
She’s also accusing the Republican nominee of “pushing discredited conspiracy theories with racist undertones” including suggesting that GOP primary candidate Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the Kennedy assassination.
Clinton is delivering a speech Thursday in Reno, Nevada, highlighting Trump’s support within the “alt-right” movement, which is often associated with efforts on the far right to preserve “white identity.”
She’s making the case that Trump’s flirtation with conspiracy theories leaves him “detached from reality” and unqualified to be commander-in-chief.
Donald Trump is defending his supporters against a litany of charges that have been leveled against them because they support his candidacy.
The Republican presidential candidate says that, “People who want their laws enforced and respected, and who want their border secured, are not racists.”
And he says that, “People who speak out against radical Islam, and who warn about refugees, are not Islamophobes.”
Trump is painting his supporters as “decent American citizens” ahead of a speech by rival Hillary Clinton that will highlight his support among far-right groups, including many white nationalists and supremacists.
Trump was speaking at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire.
A Clinton spokeswoman says that Chelsea Clinton will stay on the board of the Clinton Foundation.
She is the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
The former president announced last week that the Clinton Foundation would no longer accept foreign and corporate donations and said he would step down from the board if Hillary Clinton is elected president.
It comes as a health project connected to the foundation is exploring a range of changes but may continue to accept foreign government and corporate funding.
But the continued role of Chelsea Clinton on the board and corporate and foreign money into the health project could create exceptions to those plans.
Hillary Clinton is warning that the Republican Party is being taken over by “a radical fringe,” motivated by “prejudice and paranoia.”
Clinton’s comments, released as excerpts ahead of her speech in Reno, Nevada Thursday, targeted Donald Trump. She said he “built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia,” which is “taking hate groups mainstream.”
Clinton also said that Trump’s “disregard for the values that make our country great is profoundly dangerous.”
The Democratic nominee has been painting her opponent as fearmongering and racist as he works to win over minority voters. Trump has struggled to win over Hispanic and black voters.
At a rally earlier in the day, Trump said Clinton’s speech is aimed at distracting from questions about her family foundation and use of private emails.
Donald Trump is accusing rival Hillary Clinton of “trying to smear” him and his supporters with a speech that will try to link him with hate.
Clinton is delivering a speech Thursday highlighting Trump’s support within the “alt-right” movement, which is often associated with efforts on the far right to preserve “white identity.”
Trump says that Clinton is trying to accuse all of his millions of supporters, including those attending the New Hampshire rally where he is speaking, “of being racists, which we’re not.”
He says, “It’s the oldest play in the Democratic playbook.”
He said her speech is aimed at distracting from questions about her family foundation and private emails use.
He calls it “one of the most brazen attempts at distraction in the history of politics.”
Donald Trump is escalating his attacks on Hillary Clinton, accusing her of running “a vast criminal enterprise run out of the State Department.”
There is no evidence of any such thing.
But Trump, who is trailing in the polls, says that revelations that many donors to the Clinton family foundation met with as secretary of state represents “one of the most shocking scandals in American political history.”
“It’s Watergate all over again,” he claims.
Trump is speaking at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign has released an online video that compiles footage of white supremacist leaders praising Donald Trump.
The video comes ahead of a Clinton speech Thursday that will seek to attach Trump to the so-called “alt-right” movement that is often associated with efforts on the far right to preserve “white identity.”
Trump has been criticized for failing to immediately denounce the support that he’s garnered from white nationalists and supremacist, including former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke.
Trump’s campaign responded with a strongly worded statement from a prominent black supporter, Pastor Mark Burns, who says Clinton and her campaign “went to a disgusting new low” with the video tying the Trump Campaign to “horrific racial images.”
He called on Clinton to disavow the video.
Donald Trump is promising to unveil his new immigration policy over “the next week or two.”
Trump had originally aimed to give his speech Thursday in Colorado but it was postponed and a makeup date has yet to be announced. Trump, in recent days, has signaled that he is backing away from one of his signature immigration policies, mass deportations of the 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally.
But Trump, speaking Thursday at a meeting with minority Republicans at Trump Tower, emphasized that he’s still “very strong on illegal immigration.” He said “we have to be, we have no choice.”
“We either have our country or we don’t. We either have borders or we don’t,” he said, stressing that he plans to build a stronger border wall with Mexico.
Top Indiana officials have visited a tornado-ravaged neighborhood in Kokomo.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly walked around one neighborhood Thursday morning, speaking with some residents whose homes were destroyed or damaged by Wednesday’s storm.
Many trees were knocked down in the neighborhood and a large truck was also knocked onto its side, but other houses are largely undamaged.
Pence arrived in Kokomo by helicopter and is viewing storm damage in the area and in other parts of central Indiana hit by the storms.
Pence returned to Indiana after campaign stops in North Carolina on Wednesday as Donald Trump’s running mate and called off a campaign trip planned Thursday.
Donald Trump is meeting with participants in a new Republican Party initiative meant to train young — and largely minority — campaign volunteers.
More than a dozen members of the Republican Leadership Institute were meeting with Trump Thursday morning at Trump Tower in New York City.
The meeting comes as Trump tries to increase his outreach to black and Latino voters, saying his economic policies would help minorities.
Trump said: “We have great relationships with the African-American community.”
He claimed that Democrats have been “very disrespectful” toward minorities and taken their support for granted. Polls show minorities overwhelmingly favor Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Ben Carson, a Trump ally, and Sean Spicer, the Republican National Committee’s communications director, were among the other prominent Republicans present.
Donald Trump’s campaign manager is contrasting the Republican presidential nominee’s immigration stance with that of former primary rival Marco Rubio. Kellyanne Conway says that Trump “is not for amnesty.”
Trump took a tougher stance on immigration than Rubio did during the Republican primary campaign. On CNN Thursday, Conway rejected a suggestion that Trump is now adopting a position similar to that of Rubio and other primary rivals.
She described Rubio as a leader of the bipartisan Senate “Gang of Eight” that favored a pathway to citizenship for some immigrants now in the country illegally.
She said: “Their plan was amnesty.”
Rubio has offered lukewarm support for Trump as he seeks reelection to his Senate seat from Florida.
It’s a conspiracy: The 2016 campaign features one candidate who warned against the “vast right-wing conspiracy” and another who was a leader of the so-called “birther” movement.
Donald Trump and his surrogates hint at a mysterious “illness” afflicting rival Hillary Clinton. She’s warning of murky ties between Trump and the Russian government, suggesting that her Republican opponent may be a puppet of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Rumors and innuendo which have been long confined to the far reaches of the Internet are dominating the presidential race.
Clinton plans to speak in Reno, Nevada, on Thursday in an address that will accuse Trump of supporting an “alt-right” campaign that presents “a divisive and dystopian view of America.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. Navy ship fired three warning shots in the direction of an Iranian boat that was approaching another American ship head-on in the North Arabian Gulf on Wednesday, U.S. officials said, in an escalation of encounters in the region this week.
According to U.S. Navy Cmdr. Bill Urban, the Iranian boat came within 200 yards of the USS Tempest and ignored several bridge-to-bridge radio calls and warning flares. It finally turned away after the USS Squall, which was with the USS Tempest, fired three warning shots from its .50-caliber gun, said Urban, a spokesman for the Navy’s 5th Fleet.
“This situation presented a drastically increased risk of collision, and the Iranian vessel refused to safely maneuver in accordance with internationally recognized maritime rules of the road,” said Urban.
The incident was one of three encounters that U.S. ships had with Iranian Revolutionary Guard boats in the Gulf on Wednesday. And they came a day after four small Iranian boats approached the USS Nitze at high speed in the Strait of Hormuz. The boats veered off after the U.S. fired flares.
The same Iranian boat that harassed the USS Tempest also crossed in front of the USS Stout three times at a high rate of speed on Wednesday in the same region. Urban called it an “unsafe intercept” and said the USS Stout, a guided missile destroyer, had to maneuver to avoid a collision.
In the third incident, three Iranian boats crossed in front of the USS Tempest at high speed, coming within 600 yards of the ship. The Tempest and the Squall are patrol ships.
Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook acknowledged the three incidents Thursday, but said he did not have details. He said the U.S. ships are conducting themselves in a safe and professional manner and they will continue to take whatever steps they need to protect themselves.
Video of the incident involving the USS Nitze shows American sailors firing flares and sounding the warship’s horn as the Iranian boats approached. A sailor can be heard saying that the weapons on the Iranian boats were “uncovered, manned.”
Iran’s defense minister said Thursday that his naval forces will warn or confront any foreign ship entering the country’s territorial waters.
The semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted Gen. Hosein Dehghan as saying that “if any foreign vessel enters our waters, we warn them, and if it’s an invasion, we confront.” He added that Iranian boats patrol to monitor traffic and foreign vessels in its territorial waters.
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is starting a site offering research, reviews and other information on new and used cars.
The latest venture by the e-commerce powerhouse will compete with established players in the field including CarSoup.com, Edmunds.com, truecar.com and cars.com.
Amazon Vehicles won’t sell cars. But in addition to car specifications, images, videos and customer reviews, the new site will let customers ask each other questions about cars.
Amazon.com Inc. already sells car parts and accessories in its Amazon Automotive store.
From its roots as an online bookseller, the Seattle company has expanded into a myriad of arenas. Most recently it launched a site for handmade goods, introduced a voice-recognition speaker and has begun creating original movies and TV shows.
WASHINGTON (AP) — One by one, swimmer Katie Ledecky handed her Olympic medals to Bryce Harper. Four gold medals and one silver from the Rio Olympics sat in the hands of the reigning National League MVP.
As the Nationals star outfielder held the medals on his arms like a rack, Ledecky threw the ceremonial first pitch to reliever Shawn Kelley before the Baltimore Orioles beat Washington 10-8 Wednesday night. It was a strike over the plate.
“I’ve swum in front of 14,000 people,” Ledecky said. “Once the ball leaves the hand, you can’t really control it.”
Ledecky, a native of nearby Bethesda, Maryland, has thrown out the first pitch at Nationals Park before. That was in 2012 after she won the 800-meter freestyle at the London Olympics as a 15-year-old.
“I think I’ve gotten stronger and a lot’s happened in four years,” she said. “I’ve been to a couple world championships, more international meets, another Olympics, I’ve gone through high school, I’m heading out to college. Looking back four years ago, a lot has changed since then.”
Ledecky has become more dominant.
She tied as the most decorated U.S. female athlete in Rio de Janeiro along with gymnast Simone Biles and just short of Michael Phelps for the most among Americans. Before Ledecky’s first pitch, a tribute played on the video board featuring a clip of her world record-shattering victory in the 800M freestyle in Rio when she won by more than 11 seconds.
The 19-year-old met several Nationals before the game, including Harper, whom she called one of her favorites. They didn’t give her any tips on the first pitch, which she said she practiced plenty Tuesday, but they were curious about her five medals.
“They all wanted to see how heavy they were and things like that,” Ledecky said. “They are pretty heavy. It was kind of a different feeling for me to have them be a fan of me when I’ve been a huge fan of theirs for a couple years.”
Ledecky got a warm reception on the field 20 minutes before the start of the game but a rousing standing ovation when she was shown on the video board before the fifth inning. Fans cheered and broke out in chants of “U-S-A! U-S-A!”
She said her accomplishments in Rio are “slowly but surely” sinking in, only days after the closing ceremony.
“I expect it’ll sink in as we move forward the next couple weeks,” Ledecky said. “Once I get back in the pool and start working toward my next goals, I know you just kind of have to put everything you’ve done behind you and start working toward the next thing.”
For now, the next thing is college. Ledecky will be a freshman at Stanford in the fall and plans to take some time off before starting school.
Before she finds out who her roommate is, Ledecky’s mind is already on the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
“It’ll probably be the longest break I’ll take in the next four years,” she said. “It’s just nice to be out of the water a little bit and get recharged for the next four years.”
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Officials say roughly a dozen inmates were involved in an attack on nine staff members at a Nebraska prison.
Lincoln Correctional Center spokeswoman Tammy Kluver said Thursday that investigators are trying to determine exactly what happened. The Nebraska State Patrol is reviewing video footage of the incident that took place Wednesday evening in a small courtyard.
Prison officials say the inmates involved had refused to return to their cells.
Kluver says the injured employees were treated at hospitals and released. One female staff member required staples to close a gash in her head. Authorities used pepper spray to subdue the inmates.
Gov. Pete Ricketts plans to meet with prison officials Thursday to discuss the incident.
The Lincoln Correctional Center, a medium-maximum security prison for adult males, remains on lockdown.