Speaking at the Values Voter Summit ,on Saturday, Donald Trump’s vice presidential running mate Mike Pence delivered a powerful rebuke to Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” comment made on Friday night at a glitzy New York fundraiser where the Democrat nominee ridiculed “half” of Trump’s supporters as “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic.”
Pence, speaking in a serious, heartfelt demeanor, took great issue with Hillary Clinton’s smear of Trump supporters in the “deplorable” terms mentioned above, while also expressing anger that she described Trump voters as “irredeemable.”
“It’s extraordinary to think of it,” a disgusted Pence said, referring to Hillary’s smears. “She referred to those people as ‘irredeemable.’ Well, I will tell you right now. I campaign on a regular basis with Donald Trump. I campaign all across this country for Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton’s low opinion of the people that support this campaign should be denounced in the strongest possible terms,” Pence stated.
“The truth of the matter is that the men and women who support Donald Trump’s campaign are hard-working Americans — farmers, coal miners, teachers, veterans, members of our law enforcement community — members of every class of this country who know that we can make America great again,” Pence said before making the following statement that produced loud applause and cheers:
“So let me just say from the bottom of my heart. Hillary, they are not a basket of anything. They are Americans and they deserve your respect!”
Pence went on to compare Hillary’s comments to Barack Obama’s infamous comments from 2008 in which he disparaged conservative voters living in small towns as “clinging to their guns and religion,” while campaigning for his first election in Pennsylvania.
Pence then took the gloves off, slamming Hillary Clinton, declaring that no one with her failed record and “avalanche of dishonesty and corruptions” and “low opinion of the American people should ever be elected president of the United States.”