After Hillary Clinton generously understated the percentage of Trump’s “basket of deplorables,” The Donald and his mindless mass of meth-addled followers have been desperately lashing back and generally proving that Clinton’s remark was spot-on.
While some, like Trump’s son Eric, choose to lash out by tweeting out fake pictures of the crowd at one of The Donald’s rallies, Trump did something desperate that quite literally no one in their right mind would expect him to do: he retweeted Barack Obama.
“You know, just to be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables,” Clinton said of Trump’s fanatics. “They’re 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.”
In 2012, Mitt Romney famously complained that 47 percent of Americans wouldn’t back him because they are too busy sucking off the government teet. This was a clear attack on Americans in general. Obama tweeted in response at the time that “we need a President who is fighting for all Americans, not one who writes off nearly half the country” — something that Trump retweeted in a feeble attempt to hit Clinton over her remarks about his racist followers:
Trump and friends want you to believe that this is exactly the same thing. “Romney’s 47% comment was bad,” Sarah Huckabee, daughter of the child rapist-loving Arkansas governor, tweeted in response to the “basket” remark. “Hillary calling tens of millions of American men & women ‘deplorable’ is inexcusable and disqualifying.”
But here’s the thing: racism is deplorable. Xenophobia is deplorable. The constant stream of hatred coming from Trump’s supporters, his Ku Klux Klan followers, and the fact that he is giving new voice to white supremacists? All deplorable. What the hell else is Clinton supposed to call such a gathering of people?
Romney’s “47%” remark is largely credited with ending his campaign. But Romney was attacking innocent people to score political points. Clinton simply told the truth — and no reasonable person can fault her for that.
Watch Clinton hammer the very people who are howling the loudest below:
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