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Fox News Anchor Shepard Smith: Donald Trump ‘Trades in Racism’

Immediately following Hillary Clinton’s strongly worded repudiation of Donald Trump and the “alt-right” movement behind his candidacy in Reno, Nevada, on Thursday afternoon, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith suggested it will be difficult for the Republican presidential candidate to escape the charge that he is fundamentally a “racist.” Smith went on to note, “The problem with any attempt to rebut her is that in this case she used Donald Trump’s own words, was historically accurate on his policies, on all reviewed points.” When his guest, Wall Street Journal reporter James Grimaldi, predicted Trump will respond by “trading in hyperbole,” Smith asked, “He trades in racism, doesn’t he?” Grimaldi declined to answer that particular charge, saying he would “leave that up to the commentators.”