On Friday night at a fundraiser in New York, Hillary Clinton categorized “half” of Donald Trump’s supporters as being in a “basket of deplorables,” which was immediately compared to Mitt Romney’s 2012 “47%” gaffe and Obama’s “clinging to guns and religion” smears.
“You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables,” Clinton said to applause and cheers at her fundraiser about Trump voters. “They’re racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it,” she said, waving her arms for emphasis.
After massive social media pushback, with #BasketOfDeplorables trending on Twitter almost immediately after the comments were made public, Hillary Clinton issued an apology, of sorts, taking back just one word from the original statement.
She took back the word “half,” but not the substance of her assessment of Trump supporters.
“Last night I was ‘grossly generalistic,’ and that’s never a good idea. I regret saying ‘half’ — that was wrong,” Clinton said in a statement. “But let’s be clear, what’s really ‘deplorable’ is that Donald Trump hired a major advocate for the so-called ‘alt-right’ movement to run his campaign and that David Duke and other white supremacists see him as a champion of their values,” she said, referring to Breitbart CEO Stephen K. Bannon who was recently hired by the campaign as it’s “CEO.”
“It’s deplorable that he’s attacked a federal judge for his ‘Mexican heritage,’ bullied a Gold Star family because of their Muslim faith, and promoted the lie that our first black president is not a true American,” the statement reads. “So I won’t stop calling out bigotry and racist rhetoric in this campaign.”
Hillary went on to say that she considers many of Trump’s supporters to be “hard-working Americans” and that her goal is to “bring our country together,” a laughable claim considering half of Donald Trump’s supporters are still tens of millions of people.
Still, the media will likely let Hillary, who just days ago decried name-calling in the presidential race as inappropriate, off the hook for her comments even though she also previously referred to Republicans as her number one enemy