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Krauthammer’s Take: Hillary Saying Trump Causes Bullying Is ‘National Enquirer Type Stuff’

Answering whether Clinton’s speeches accusing Donald Trump of racism will have an effect at this stage, Charles Krauthammer took aim at the excesses of Clinton’s latest attack:

I’m not sure it’s going to have a big effect. This is the old Democratic playbook where you accuse your opponent of being racist; you use ad hominems. It is slightly over the top. Especially, there was a point in the speech where she said the rise in bullying in schools, alleged, is the result of his rhetoric. I think that is rather, sort of National Enquirer type stuff.

Politicians are always appearing on stages and welcoming people who have unsavory histories, and I would say that for Hillary, she should be a little bit careful since her support for Black Lives Matter — does she really want to be associated with a group that chants about killing cops? And nobody would accuse her of supporting that, but that is always a risk. So it is a cheap kind of political warfare. There are of course incidents — the Mexican judge story and all that, that even Paul Ryan had to admit was a form of classical racist speech. But I think this is the old story, I’m not sure if it is going to have an effect, and surely his calling her a bigot is not going to have a lot of effect either. I think we are at the bottom of the barrel of a race we knew would be down and dirty, and that is exactly where we are now.

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