A new online ad released by the Hillary Clinton campaign attempts to tie Donald Trump to racists, white supremacists and the Ku Klux Klan.
The video opens with a man wearing what appears to be KKK robes and regalia, talking with what appears to be an African-American reporter. The man is not named, but is identified by the video as the "Imperial Wizard of the Rebel Brigade Knights of the KKK."
"The reason a lot of Klan members like Donald Trump is because a lot of what he believes, we believe in," the man said. The video doesn't specify what those particular issues are, but clips that follow attempt to make the argument that Trump's policies are racist.
After the 70-second video began airing, a South Carolina pastor who is African-American demanded the ad be pulled.
"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," pastor Mark Burns said. "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."
The video also attacks Trump's new campaign CEO, Breitbart News Chairman Steve Bannon, describing him as an "alt-right" political activist who leads a "sort of dressed-up-in-suits version of the neo-Nazi and white supremacist movements." It says the Breitbart News website—founded by the late Andrew Breitbart—"has become a field day for the alt-right, which is racist and all sorts of other 'ists.'"
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