Hillary criticizes Trump’s race rhetoric

On Thursday Hillary Clinton lashed out at Donald Trump, taking aim at the insensitive language used in his announcement speech in regards to Mexican immigrants.

“We should not accept it,” Clinton said of hateful speech in national political conversation. “Decent people need to stand up against it.”

“We have to have a candid national conversation about race and about discrimination, prejudice, hatred. But unfortunately the public discourse is sometimes hotter and more negative than it should be, which can, in my opinion, trigger people who are less than stable.”

“For example, a recent entry into the Republican presidential campaign said some very inflammatory things about Mexicans. Everybody should stand up and say that’s not acceptable.”

Trump predictably fired back Friday with an Instagram post:

“Wow, it’s pretty pathetic that Hillary Clinton just blamed me for the horrendous attack that took place in South Carolina. This is why politicians are just no good. Our country’s in trouble.”

What will be interesting in time is to see what various opposition research groups will assemble on Donald Trump’s vast empire and extensive media profile. As the proprietor of real estate developments, hotels, and golf courses, it is not completely unimaginable that illegal aliens are employed somewhere within the Trump empire.

Trump will certainly need to clean up his rhetoric, if only to keep the public discourse civil and avoid appearing un-presidential. His attempt thus far to fire from the hip and “talk straight” has made him an easy target.