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Trump: I don’t want votes from white supremacists

Donald Trump said Thursday he doesn’t want the support of white supremacists amid accusations from rival Hillary Clinton that he’s allowing hate to go “mainstream.”

“Do you want white supremacists to vote for you?” New Hampshire’s WMUR asked the GOP presidential nominee in Manchester, where Trump held an event Thursday.
{mosads}”No, I don’t at all, not at all,” Trump responded, as highlighted by a CNN reporter.
“This is not about hate, this is about love,” Trump continued. “We love our country. We want our country to come back. We want our country to be strong again.”
Clinton launched into an attack on Trump Thursday, going after the so-called alt-right movement and invoking Trump’s new hire of Breitbart executive Steve Bannon as his campaign chief to argue that Trump is bringing “a hate movement mainstream.”

“The de facto merger between Breitbart and the Trump Campaign represents a landmark achievement for the alt-right. A fringe element has effectively taken over the Republican Party,” Clinton said during her speech in Reno, Nev.

The alt-right movement is made up of hardcore conservatives opposed to immigration and globalism, and is associated with white nationalism. Clinton on Thursday also linked Trump to David Duke, the former Ku Klux Klan leader who supports the billionaire, and the KKK.
Trump brushed off Duke’s support early this year but caught flak for not more forcefully disavowing him, with some accusing him of not wanting to turn off white supremacists who may be supporting him. 
“I don’t know anything about David Duke,” Trump claimed during an interview on CNN in February when pressed on whether he’d decline the support of Duke and other white supremacists.

“I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists,” Trump told Jake Tapper then. “I know nothing about white supremacists.”
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