'Hillary Clinton has got a track record ... of trying to advance priorities for others,' Kaine told Stephen Colbert

By Will Robinson
Updated August 25, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT
Credit: CBS

Tim Kaine came to the defense of Hillary Clinton during his appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, shooting down Donald Trump’s assertion during a rally and CNN interview that the Democratic presidential nominee is a bigot.

Colbert asked the Virginia senator Thursday night about Trump’s comments, unleashing the “attack dog” that is stereotypically the vice presidential nominee.

“When Hillary Clinton got out of law school, she was working to help advance racial justice in the juvenile justice system in South Carolina and fight school segregation in Alabama,” Kaine said. “I, about that time, got out of law school and was battling housing discrimination in the south and in Virginia.

“At his early career, Donald Trump was a real estate guy who got sued by the Justice Department for discriminating against people in housing, writing the letter ‘C’ on applications if they were minority,” Kaine followed up.

Trump was asked by Anderson Cooper during an interview airing Thursday on Anderson Cooper 360 about the claims the Republican presidential nominee made Wednesday, saying Clinton is a bigot, adding she “sees people of color only as votes not as human beings worthy of a better future.” Trump reasserted that claim to Cooper, in between the host asking multiple times if Trump believed Clinton harbored hateful beliefs.

“She is selling [minorities] down the tubes, because she’s not doing anything for those communities. She talks a good game,” Trump said. “Her policies are bigoted because she knows they’re not going to work.”

Kaine summarized the Clinton/Trump contrast in his own words: “Hillary Clinton has got a track record, all the way back to being a middle schooler in a Methodist youth group, of trying to advance priorities for others. Donald Trump is for himself.”


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