A Hooded KKK Member Was Just One Part of Clinton's 'Alt-Right' Anti-Trump Social Media Blitzkrieg

Pile-on Comes in Wake of Republican Candidate's Declaration That Opponent Is a 'Bigot'

Published On
Aug 26, 2016

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A new anti-Trump ad from the Clinton campaign, released Thursday on social media, cuts right to the chase: It opens with a news clip from an interview with a man in a white robe ID'd on screen as "Imperial Wizard, Rebel Brigade, Knights of the KKK," who says "The reason a lot of Klan members like Donald Trump is because a lot of what he believes, we believe in." Over a soundtrack of menacing instrumentals, endorsements for Trump from white nationalist/white supremacist quarters are also cited, and Steve Bannon, the Breitbart News exec Donald Trump appointed as CEO of his campaign last week, is called out for Breitbart's association with the racist "alt-right" fringe.

But the video, titled "Trump and the extreme right-wing" on the Clinton campaign's The Briefing channel on YouTube (and also released on Twitter and Facebook), was only part of a relentless social media attack on Trump for the way his campaign has subtly and not-so-subtly courted racist voters and organizations. The barrage -- which also included slide shows of disturbing Breitbart News headlines and longform posts on Medium and HillaryClinton.com -- was designed to set the stage for Clinton's so-called "alt-right" speech on Thursday in Reno, Nevada (CNN: "Clinton: Trump campaign built on 'prejudice and paranoia'").

The barrage comes in a wake of Donald Trump's campaign-trail declaration that "Hillary Clinton is a bigot."

Head over to Ad Age to see more from the Clinton campaign's blitzkrieg as well as Donald Trump's reactions.