If we can glean anything even remotely positive from Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign, perhaps his penchant for flip-flopping frequently is the golden ticket. From immigration to abortion, the Republican nominee has seemingly changed his policy stances on major political issues almost as often as he utters his campaign’s catchphrase, “Make America Great Again.” It offers voters and political scientists a wealth of information for future decisions and studies, as well as plenty of fodder for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Like the time Trump defended his Democratic rival and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, against Fox News personality Sean Hannity in 2011.
At the time, the New York real estate mogul had come under fire for challenging the legitimacy of President Obama’s birth certificate. Critics were calling his efforts racist, so he appeared on Hannity’s radio show to discuss the matter — resulting in an inadvertent defense of the Clintons. Per BuzzFeed, which tracked down audio recorded by Media Matters:
“If you remember back, they were calling that of Bill Clinton,” Trump said, “and I was with Bill Clinton, and I have never seen him so angry. He’s actually a member of one of my clubs and plays at one of my clubs.”
“He was so upset and angry,” continued Trump. “He has his office in Harlem. Whether you like them, or don’t like them, they have done so much for the African-Americans and they called them racists. And I’ve never seen him so angry about anything.”
Flash forward five years to this past August, when Trump called Clinton a “bigot” during a rally in Mississippi:
“Hillary Clinton is a bigot who sees people of color only as votes, not as human beings worthy of a better future. She’s going to do nothing for African-Americans. She’s going to do nothing for the Hispanics. She’s only going to take care of herself, her husband, her consultants, [and] her donors.”
Despite criticism from supporters like New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Trump refused to back down from his comments when pressed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper. Nor has the White House hopeful said anything in the month that followed to suggest otherwise.
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