Republican presidential nominee Trump called Clinton a 'racist' for trying to garner votes of the minorities while doing nothing for them. His Democratic rival lashed out at him for bringing hate politics into the mainstream. Photograph: (Getty)
The escalation of verbal attacks came in the wake of a survey handing Clinton a 10-point lead in the presidential race
The US presidential campaign rhetoric sharpened on Thursday as both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump accused each other of bigotry.
Republican presidential nominee Trump called Clinton a "racist" for trying to garner votes of the minorities while doing nothing for them. His Democratic rival lashed out at him for bringing hate politics into the mainstream.
Clinton listed a series of episodes that showed her rival in a dark light during a campaign event in Reno, Nevada. She dredged up Trump's history of apparently refusing to rent out houses to Latinos and black people.
She also pointed out about black employees working in his casinos having previously sued Trump.
Trump's appointment of Steven Bannion as his new campaign chief was also skewered by Clinton. She said the appointment showed Trump's advocacy of the so-called white nationalist's 'alt-right' movement.
"A man with a long history of racial discrimination who traffics in dark conspiracy theories drawn from the pages of supermarket tabloids and the far dark reaches of the internet should never run our government or command our military," Clinton said.
Speaking in New Hampshire later, Trump slammed his opponent's argument of him being discriminatory. He said the continuous attack on such lines was "tired (and) disgusting".
Instead, Clinton is the one who "sees people of colour only as votes not as human beings worthy of a better future", he said during his speech.
Later, during an interview with the CNN, he called Clinton "totally bigoted".
The escalation of verbal attacks between the two adversaries came in the wake of a survey handing Clinton a 10-point lead in the presidential race. The survey, conducted by Quinnipiac University, is an important one as it handed Clinton the backing of majority of the respondents.
(WION with inputs from agencies)