Clinton: Trump appealing to ‘paranoia and prejudice’

Clinton: Trump appealing to ‘paranoia and prejudice’
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Speaking to The Des Moines Register’s editorial board, Clinton explained that she believes stagnant wages for middle-class workers is one of the most pressing issues facing the nation and accused Trump of seeking to feed off the fears the stagnation has provoked.
 
“Mr. Trump and his outrageous appeals to paranoia and prejudice — he gets some of the reaction he does in part because people are genuinely worried and anxious and looking for answers,” Clinton said.
 
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“I think if we don’t start seeing wages rise, we will have a lot of political headwinds that could very well bring people into office who have a view of both the economy and our democracy that are at odds … with what I think is in our best interest,” Clinton continued. 
 
“That’s why I’ve put raising wages at the center of my campaign.”
 
Clinton said the solution is to raise the minimum wage, encourage corporate profit sharing and close tax loopholes such as the carried interest deduction in order to “shift resources and get the wealthy to pay more of their fair share so we can put more money into the pockets of the middle class.”
 
She added that middle-class struggles have provoked “appeals to demagoguery” and led to the rise of outsiders such as Trump in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
 
Trump and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson have rocketed to the top of the Republican polls and together take a majority of support. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina has also seen a recent spike.
 
Clinton on Tuesday said she doesn’t believe the outsiders have broad enough appeal to endure and win the GOP nomination.
 
“The idea that Americans are looking for someone who has never been elected to anything, who has never had to deal with Congress, who has never negotiated with a foreign country on matters of life or death, I do not think it has staying power,” she said. 
 
“But I think right now, there’s a lot of energy behind it because of peoples’ frustration.”
 
Many attribute the rise of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination to the same anti-establishment sentiment that has dominated the GOP race.
 
Sanders has attracted thousands of supporters on the campaign trail and overtaken Clinton in the early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire.
 
Clinton acknowledged that her long career in the federal government, first as a U.S. senator and later as secretary of State, could be a “burden” on her politically.
 
“I don’t discount the feelings people are bringing to those so-called outsiders,” she said. “It’s something I pay attention to, because I’m aware of the fact that I’ve actually been elected to something and have been in the cabinet, and I understand in some people’s eyes I may have an extra burden to meet to win their vote.”
 
But she touted her government experience as one of her primary strengths in seeking the White House.
 
"I … believe that given my experience in the political process, in diplomacy, as an advocate, going back to my years at the Children’s Defense Fund, I can bring the country together to address some of these big issues," she said.