Hillary Clinton responded Wednesday evening to being labelled a bigot by Donald Trump, and alleged in an interview that the GOP nominee is the true racist.
"It reminds me of that great saying that Maya Angelou that, 'When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time,' and Donald Trump has shown us who he is. And we ought to believe him," she said in a telephone interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper.
"He is taking a hate movement mainstream," she added in reference to the Trump campaign hiring former Breitbart chief Stephen Bannon as the new chief executive.
"He has brought it into his campaign. He is bringing it to our communities and our country, and, you know, someone who has questioned the citizenship of the first African-American president, who has courted white supremacists, who has been sued for housing discrimination against communities of color," Clinton continued, "who has attacked a judge for his Mexican heritage, and promised a mass deportation force is someone who is, you know, very much pedaling bigotry and prejudice and paranoia."
Her remarks came in reference to a line Trump delivered Wednesday evening at a campaign rally in Jackson, Miss.
"Hillary Clinton is a bigot who sees people of color only as votes, not as human beings worthy of a better future!" the Republican nominee said. "She's going to do nothing for African-Americans. She's going to do nothing for the Hispanics. She's only going to take care of herself, her husband, her consultants, her donors — these are the people she cares about.
"She doesn't care what her policies have done to your communities. She doesn't care. Remember this: You've had her policies, Democrats, running some of the inner cities for 50, 70, 80 even over 100 years, and look at what you have right now. Poverty, no education, crime," he continued. "You can't walk down the street with your child. We're going to fix it. We're going to fix it."
Though Trump has previously referred to Clinton's policies as being bigoted against minority voters, Wednesday marks the first time that he has come outright and accused the Democratic nominee herself of being a "bigot."