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.