Vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine on Friday associated Donald Trump's campaign with "Ku Klux Klan values," and warned that voters need to side with Hillary Clinton in order to ensure the GOP nominee doesn't become president.
"Ku Klux Klan values, David Duke values, Donald Trump values are not American values," he said at a campaign event on the campus of Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Fla. "They're not our values, and we got to do all we can to fight to push back and win."
When it comes to equality, he continued, Donald Trump "has a different point of view."
"You've heard during the campaign," Kaine said, "he has ridiculed people with disabilities. He has ridiculed people if they were of Mexican-American origin. He has said that anybody who is Muslim should be treated as second class religiously. That's not the way we do things in this country. It's not the way we do things."
Kaine's remarks were the latest push from the Clinton campaign to paint Trump and his allies as prejudiced scaremongers.
"Some of the rhetoric on this campaign on the other side, you know, that it would be OK for the nominee of a major party to ridicule someone with a major disability, or to suggest that people who are of one religious faith should be treated as a separate class ..." the Virginia senator said at a separate campaign event in Tallahassee.
"This is a very fundamental issue," he said, reminding his audience that Aug. 26 is also national Women's Equality Day.
"You're going to be more successful if you're letting all the talent come to the table. You got to build a community of respect. You can't have a community of disrespect."
On Thursday, Clinton delivered a major speech in which she accused the GOP nominee of peddling bigotry with racially tinged rhetoric.
"[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," he said.