After all, everything she said in her speech was true. It’s simply that no one has put it all together before quite so skillfully. Trump’s outrages come so relentlessly that they’re hard to keep track of, and eventually, one becomes numb to them. To follow Trump closely is to live in a miasma of cynical incredulity. Clinton’s speechwriters found a way to cut through it with just the right examples. They reminded us how bonkers it is that Trump praised arch-conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who, as Clinton said, claimed that “the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre were child actors and no one was actually killed there.” The speech brought us back to June, when Trump claimed the federal judge presiding over the Trump University lawsuit couldn’t properly do his job because his parents came from Mexico. It recalled Trump’s birtherism and his weird attempt to tie Ted Cruz’s father to the assassination of JFK, and reminded us that none of this is normal for a presidential candidate, no matter how debased the Republican Party has become.
Yep, Alex Jones, who some 'viners like to present as a valid citation - denies that Sandy Hook ever happened. And Trump loves that whacko crap. He reads tabloids, and apparently reads nothing intelligent.
Clinton invoked Paul Ryan twice, but both times it was in order to distance him from Trump. She made it seem as if Republicans have a history of anti-racism: “Twenty years ago, when Bob Dole accepted the Republican nomination, he pointed to the exits and told any racists in the party to get out,” Clinton said. “The week after 9/11, George W. Bush went to a mosque and declared for everyone to hear that Muslims ‘love America just as much as I do.’ … We need that kind of leadership again.”
Seems like a good tactic - Trump is so far off the wall that even his own supporters are threatening to go after him (which I take as a death threat) if he doesn't build that wall. He's reached out to whackos, and that's what he's getting.