JACKSON, Miss. -- Donald Trump has spent the week calling for African-Americans to uproot voter trends, reject "the bigotry" of Hillary Clinton, and vote for him in November. But Wednesday night, Trump escalated the line of attack and labeled Clinton herself a "bigot."
"Hillary Clinton is a bigot who sees people of color only as votes, not as human beings worthy of a better future," Trump said, reading from prepared remarks.
Unlike past lines that have drawn scrutiny, including Monday's comments in Ohio about African Americans not being able to walk the street without being shot, this one was not a Trump ad-lib.
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In prior days, the riff - which has become an embedded part of his new appeal to minority voters - was delivered as a variation of asking voters to "reject the bigotry of Hillary Clinton" for what Trump called pandering and condescension to communities of color.
Clinton, for her part, has repeatedly declined opportunities to call Trump himself a racist, despite repeated questioning on the subject and multiple labelings of some of his campaign statements as racist by her campaign.
Asked to respond to the comment in an interview on CNN Wednesday night, Clinton again accused Trump of "peddling" bigotry and prejudice.
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Rousing the crowd with a call to action, he promised that, as Britain did, "you can go out, you can beat the pollsters, you can beat the commentators, you can beat Washington."
Farage's presence provides a strange message at a time when Trump himself is softening his hard line positions on immigration and deportation. The same evening as the Mississippi rally, the candidate told Sean Hannity the U.S. had to "work with" those undocumented immigrants who have been in the country for many years and have shown contributions to society.
"No citizenship," Trump outlined, as well as the stipulation for back taxes. "There's no amnesty, but we work with them," he said in the interview.
His position marks a drastic and more compassionate shift in Trump's previously harsh rhetoric advocating for mass deportation of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.
Despite those comments, Trump still pushed a decidedly anti-immigrant message at his rally. "Where is the sanctuary for American children?" Trump asked.
Alluding to Obama's DREAM Act, Trump said "The dreamers we never talk about are the young Americans. Why aren't young Americans dreamers also? I want my dreamers to be young Americans."
The policy comments Wednesday and in recent days left many confused as to Trump's shifting position on immigration.