Hillary Clinton’s comments Friday night, which were a deviation of a sentiment she has expressed in other settings recently, came at a fund-raiser in Manhattan.
“You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right?” she said to applause and laughter. “The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.”
An excerpt from Mrs. Clinton’s remarks Friday night:
I know there are only 60 days left to make our case — and don’t get complacent, don’t see the latest outrageous, offensive, inappropriate comment and think well he’s done this time. We are living in a volatile political environment.
You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up. He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people — now have 11 million. He tweets and retweets their offensive hateful mean-spirited rhetoric.
Now, some of those folks — they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America. But the other basket — and I know this because I see friends from all over America here — I see friends from Florida and Georgia and South Carolina and Texas — as well as, you know, New York and California — but that other basket of people are people who feel that the government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them, nobody worries about what happens to their lives and their futures, and they’re just desperate for change. It doesn’t really even matter where it comes from.
They don’t buy everything he says, but he seems to hold out some hope that their lives will be different. They won’t wake up and see their jobs disappear, lose a kid to heroin, feel like they’re in a dead-end. Those are people we have to understand and empathize with as well.
The Don is about as politically correct — or correct for that matter — as a post. Sexist is simply too mild a word to define his attitude toward women. He is a such a creep. Almost as bad as his sexual harassment king of lies friend, Roger Ailes. Yuk.
I was shocked when I saw the National Enquirer in the store yesterday. They had a front page with a hellacious photo of OUR next President — Ms. Hillary Rodham Clinton — that made her look 100 years old and the headlines ranted about her poor health with outright lies. It is just shocking that some people believe the lies. Those of us who are outraged by it need to demand that they stop.
When President Obama was elected and the racist hate started I wrote that I was glad Hillary Rodham Clinton hadn’t won because I could just imagine the terrible insults that she would have to endure as a mere woman. It’s high time media call out the women-haters and that the rest of us do the same.