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Former Sen. Tom Coburn: ‘Alt-Right’ Is ‘Total Fringe’ Of Trump Supporters


Former Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) criticized Hillary Clinton’s speech about the so-called alt-right, stating that the group is among Donald Trump’s most fringe supporters.


Former Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), a populist conservative who built a reputation for skewering both political parties, slammed the notion that the alt-right is a large component of support for Donald Trump, stating on MSNBC’s “Meet The Press Daily” that the group is a “total fringe” movement.

In a speech last week, Democratic presidential nomineee Hillary Clinton lambasted the Republican party, claiming that a “radical fringe” was taking over the GOP. In response, Coburn pointed out that the purpose of Clinton’s speech was to divert attention away from a damning Associated Press report which revealed that during her tenure as Secretary of State, a majority of Clinton’s meetings were with Clinton Foundation donors. 

“This is all just to shift away from what the facts are in the race,” Coburn, a former senator and obstetrician, told MSNBC.

“It’s total fringe,” Coburn said of the extremist online movement that broadcasts its hatred of minorities. “It isn’t a component of the Donald Trump movement.”

“It’s what’s out there and you’re always going to hear from them,” Coburn said. “[Trump] may enliven some of their conversation, but he doesn’t embrace it.”