Hillary Clinton declined Friday to say whether she thinks Donald Trump is an out-and-out bigot, a word that the GOP nominee has been using to describe her.
"All I can do is point to the evidence of what he has said and what he has done," Clinton said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," after being asked by host Joe Scarborough whether she thinks Trump is a bigot.
"And from the start, he has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia, and it is deeply disturbing that he is taking hate groups that lived in the dark regions of the Internet, making them mainstream, helping a radical fringe take over the Republican Party," she said.
Clinton continued, and listed several recent events that she said suggest Trump does indeed have a disturbing track record of racist behavior.
"He has questioned the citizenship of President Obama. He has a disturbing pattern of courting white supremacists. He has been sued for housing discrimination against communities of color. He has attacked a judge for his Mexican heritage. He has promised a mass deportation force," she said.
"And what I want to make clear is this: a man with a long history of racial discrimination, who traffics in dark conspiracy theories drawn from the pages of supermarket tabloids and these kind of white supremacist, white nationalist, anti-Semitic groups, should never run our government or command our military. If he doesn't respect all Americans, how can he serve all Americans?" she asked.
Clinton delivered an address Thursday afternoon in which she accused Trump and his allies of peddling racism and bigotry.
"[Trump] is reinforcing harmful stereotypes, and offering a dog whistle to his most hateful supporters as a disturbing preview of what kind of president he'd be," Clinton told supporters in Reno, Nev.
Her comments came hours after Trump declared at a campaign rally in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday evening that she was a "bigot."
"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.
Clinton shot back at Trump later that same evening, and told CNN's Anderson Cooper that the GOP nominee, "is someone who is, you know, very much peddling bigotry and prejudice and paranoia."
Clinton declined after her address Thursday to answer a reporter who asked her outright whether she thinks Trump is a bigot.
Instead, the Democratic nominee ignored his question, and tried instead to distract members of the press with chocolates.