Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” interim Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile said Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump “should distance himself” from what she called “this sort of alt-right movement,” adding that it was a “renaissance of racism.”
Partial transcript as follows:
RADDATZ: But, Donna, this week in a speech, she really excoriated Donald Trump, tying him to the so-called alt-right, saying his campaign is “make America hate again,” releasing a video that shows white supremacists praising Trump and ending with the words, “If Trump wins, they could be running the country.” Are Democrats really suggesting that if the GOP takes back the White House it would be run by white supremacists?
BRAZILE: Well, first of all, it was Ken Mehlman, the chair of the Republican Party over two decades ago, a decade ago, who apologized for the offensive way that Republicans ran campaigns, dividing the country. There’s no question that Donald Trump has said things that are very unsettling. I mean, whether it’s comparing Mexicans to rapists, demonizing Muslim Americans, excoriating the federal judge who was handling the case.
RADDATZ: But she’s tying Trump to white supremacists.
BRAZILE: I’m getting there. Look, there’s no question that Donald Trump has had ample opportunity to distance himself from the kind of racist language that comes from some of his supporters. Look, I know you can’t choose your supporters out there. I know people have embraced him. He may not have embraced them. But he has every — he should distance himself. This sort of alt-right movement is very disturbing. It’s almost like a renaissance of racism and we have, as Americans, as, again, on this day, a day that we observe the 53rd anniversary, we should denounce the kind of racial conversation that comes from —
RADDATZ: He had 13 million — more than 13 million voters in the primary, probably get many in the general election. Are you saying, is Hillary Clinton saying, that the core of those supporters support bigotry?
BRAZILE: First of all, Hillary Clinton, who got over 15 million Americans who supported her, Donald Trump has tried to spread this — what I call this so-called venom. No one is demonizing or even saying anything as intemperate as Donald Trump has said about blacks living in squalor conditions. No, there’s — Hillary Clinton is talking to all Americans. She’s talking about jobs, she’s talking about how to make this country stronger in terms of our national security. She’s talking about opportunity for our young people. So, no, no one is spreading any kind of rumors or saying anything about Donald Trump supporters or, for that matter, the supporters of Ted Cruz and everyone else.