Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has been aggressively courting African-American voters in recent weeks, accused Hillary Clinton of being a "bigot" who panders to minorities.
"Hillary Clinton is a bigot who sees people of color only as votes, not as human beings worthy of a better future," Trump said Wednesday during a campaign rally in Jackson, Mississippi.
The remark appeared to catch many in the predominately white crowd by surprise, particularly a woman standing on stage behind Trump. Video of the woman grimacing at the comment as her eyes widened in shock was shared on social media. Her reaction seemed to encapsulate the audience's uncertain response: a delayed round of staggered cheers and applause.
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"She doesn't care what her policies have done to your communities," the businessman continued. "She has no remorse. She's going to do nothing for Hispanics and African-Americans."
During an interview Wednesday night with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Clinton dismissed Trump's comments and accused him of "peddling" hate speech.
"He is taking a hate movement mainstream," the former secretary of state said, arguing Trump is "very much peddling bigotry and prejudice and paranoia."
Clinton is set to address Trump's recent attacks in a speech in Nevada on Thursday afternoon.
Critics have repeatedly accused Trump of pushing racist and bigoted views during his campaign, including calling for the U.S. to build a wall across its Mexican border to stem illegal immigration and to fight terrorism by temporarily banning Muslims from entering the U.S.
Trump also gave a vague preview of his new immigration policy, which is slated to be unveiled next week. Without offering any specifics, he said any immigration policy he supports must pass three tests: It should improve the wages, safety and quality of life for U.S. citizens.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.