Ahead of a prominent speech today where she is expected to attack the “alt-right”, Hillary Clinton’s campaign released a short attack ad on Thursday morning linking Donald Trump to the movement.
The ad is divided into two parts. In the first, leading members of the KKK and other white nationalist groups are seen endorsing Donald Trump. Among the short clips is the now-notorious endorsement of Trump by former KKK leader David Duke, and the initial refusal by Trump to disavow him (although he later did). The second half focuses on the alt-right movement, and singles out Steve Bannon, Trump’s new campaign CEO and Breitbart executive chairman (Bannon has temporarily suspended his role in Breitbart while he runs Trump’s campaign). The alt-right is a conspiracy-theory-peddling far-right movement. Analysts on CNN and Vice are heard talking about the alt-right, referring to it as the “dressed-up-in-suits version of the neo-Nazi and white supremacist movements”.
Why do so many Ku Klux Klan members support Trump?
"A lot of what he believes, we believe in." https://t.co/AqB3DLKL9f
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 25, 2016
This comes at a time when the Republican presidential attempts to reset his campaign. Last week, Trump appointed Bannon and conservative pollster Kellyanne Conway to run his campaign. His new tone was visible in a widely-reported speech in which he expressed regret for “sometimes saying the wrong thing,” and made something of a pitch to African-American voters, asking them “what the hell do you have to lose?”
Meanwhile, in an ongoing push for the American-expat vote in Israel, Trump’s campaign has opened a third campaign office in Israel. The new office in Ramat Gan follows existing offices in Jerusalem and Modi’in, with a fourth scheduled to be opened in the West Bank, JTA reports.
JTA cites Israeli news reports that there are reportedly “hundreds of thousands” of American Israelis who could vote by absentee ballot, including many from swing states such as Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.