Clinton: Public racism becoming more ‘politically acceptable’
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Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIdentity politics and the race for the Democratic nomination O'Rourke’s strategy: Show Americans the real Beto Conservatives pound BuzzFeed, media over Cohen report MORE said in an interview on Wednesday that it has become more "politically acceptable" to air racist views in the age of President Trump. 

"I think there are people who are, unfortunately, kind of reverting back to rather virulent attitudes about race in part because I think that it’s become 'politically acceptable,' no longer politically correct to try to overcome our own feelings that often block us from seeing each other as fellow human beings," Clinton said on the "Hugh Hewitt Show."


"I think there has proven to be more white supremacists and white nationalists than I wish there were in our country, as we saw tragically in Charlottesville and other places," she continued.

"And they have made common cause with the president’s agenda out of their own mouth that he is someone that they are counting on to promote it," Clinton added. 

Clinton's comments come as racial tensions have risen to the forefront in the U.S. over the past year. 

The tensions appear to have hit a boiling point in August when white supremacists and counter-protesters clashed in the normally quiet town of Charlottesville, Va., resulting in the death of one person.

Trump faced backlash for his response to the events in Charlottesville, in which he said "both sides" were responsible for the violence.