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Clinton links Trump to KKK in new video

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign on Thursday released a video linking Donald Trump to the Ku Klux Klan ahead of a speech in which the Democratic presidential nominee will attempt to tie her GOP rival to the “alt-right” movement.

{mosads}The video strings together clips of KKK leaders and white supremacists voicing their support of Trump. The minute-long spot also targets Trump’s newly minted campaign CEO, Steve Bannon, a former Breitbart News executive who is associated with the alt-right.

It also features CNN anchor Jake Tapper asking Trump earlier this year if he denounced former KKK leader David Duke’s support of his candidacy. Trump answered, “I don’t know,” but he later blamed a faulty microphone for not being able to hear the question. Trump then condemned Duke.

“If Trump wins, they could be running the country,” text reads over an image of the White House in the new video.

“Hillary Clinton and her campaign went to a disgusting new low today as they released a video tying the Trump Campaign with horrific racial images,” the Rev. Mark Burns, a black televangelist who spoke at the Republican National Convention, said in a statement released Thursday by Trump’s campaign.

“This type of rhetoric and repulsive advertising is revolting and completely beyond the pale. I call on Hillary Clinton to disavow this video and her campaign for this sickening act that has no place in our world.”

Clinton is set to deliver a speech on Thursday in Reno, Nev., that will link white supremacist groups to the real estate mogul. Her speech comes as Trump ramps up his efforts to court African-American and Hispanic voters.

Trump’s team is downplaying the issue ahead of her address. His campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, said during a Thursday morning interview on CBS that she was “confounded” by Clinton’s speech topic and then attacked the former secretary of State for not holding a press conference in 263 days.

Updated at 12:36 p.m.

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