Hillary Tries to Take Back Calling Millions of Americans ‘Deplorables’
In the cozy atmosphere of yet another fundraising gala surrounded by New York liberals, entertained by longtime supporter Barbra Streisand, Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton felt free to be herself and speak from the heart.
Considering the press was covering the event, she might have done better to bite her tongue.
Instead, in two sentences laced with “phobics” and “ists,” Clinton succeeded in literally putting millions of Americans into a basket full of hate for committing the unpardonable sin of simply supporting her opponent.
“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.”
It wasn’t a gaffe and she didn’t misspeak.
In fact, Clinton used the same language in an interview on Israeli television last week.
She said it because she believes it – that half of the record-breaking millions who voted for Trump in the primaries and attend Trump rallies by the tens of thousands are “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic… and irredeemable.”
What’s more, she said it because she sees nothing wrong with making such a claim.
Clinton expressed what she called “regret” the next morning as the Twitterverse erupted over the comment, saying that she should not have estimated the number at half.
Even as her once double-digit lead evaporates to a “too-close-to-call” tie, Clinton fails to understand that she is – supposedly – running to be president of all Americans, all 330 million of us, including, maybe especially, those who don’t agree with her.
Lumping Americans into groups smacks of the “us versus them” statements made by then-candidate Barack Obama in 2007 who said Republicans “gotta sit in the back of the bus.”
And while pundits are comparing Clinton’s evident disdain for millions of Americans to Mitt Romney’s “47%” statement that many think cost him the election in 2012, her assessment of anyone who disagrees with her as being the enemy is entirely in keeping with her long-held view of Republicans.
At the Democrat debate in October, CNN moderator, Anderson Cooper, asked Clinton, “Which enemy that you made during your political career are you most proud of?”
After naming the NRA, insurance and drug companies and the Iranians, Clinton added the people she calls enemies – “the Republicans.”
That would be the majority of Congress.
Thirty-one governors and state legislatures.
And 55 million Americans who are no doubt wondering what kind of fairness they can expect from a President Clinton who thinks half of them are “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic.”
A woman who honestly believes them to be “deplorable” and “irredeemable.”