September 9, 2016

Hillary Clinton spoke at a fundraiser Friday night, where she spoke the straight truth about Trump's base.

"To be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the 'basket of deplorables,' right? The racist, sexists, homophobics, xenophobic, Islamophobic," she began.

She went on to describe the other half as those who "feel the government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them."

I might go so far as to suggest that there is some overlap there amongst those who rely upon their feels instead of their heads for what's going on with the economy, given that public sentiment about the economy is the highest it's been in nine years.

So on the one hand, we have a candidate who correctly says that a large chunk of her opponent's supporters are vile, nasty, haters who thrive on his "build the wall" and "lock her up!" chants.

And on the other, we have Trump suggesting the "second amendment folks" should take care of his opponent, many of whom also happen to be the very same contingent of racist, sexist, Islamophobic bigots.

Let the vapors begin. Even Van Jones stepped lightly on that one, which is sad. It's sad that we have a media who is completely unprepared to speak the truth about the ugly underbelly of white people in this country who really, truly, are haters. Vile, ugly, racist haters.

Wake up, CNN. Get a clue.

Here's some of the Twitter reaction to her remarks.

Political correctness, meh.

Some reality here:

And vapors:

I expect this to make all the rounds over the weekend now. Somehow it's a bad thing to actually call out the David Dukes and Richard Spencers and white supremacists who catapulted Trump into the nomination for what they are.

By the way, this isn't the first time she's said it. POLITICO reported the very same line in a speech last month:

This week Clinton’s campaign is shifting into a get-out-the-vote mode while she also maintains her sideline pursuit of poachable Republicans. Her team will continue touting prominent GOP endorsements: Former California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman even introduced Clinton at multiple closed-door August fundraisers in California. There, the candidate explained her approach to Republicans interested in Trump, according to one Bay Area attendee. Clinton divides Trump voters into two baskets, she said: the everyday Republicans — her targets — and what she called “the deplorables” — the "alt-right" crowd she excoriates and has no hope of wooing.

But still, pearls are clutched.

It just never ends, does it?

UPDATE: Clinton sent out a statement today regretting her overgeneralization, but not the characterizations. Here it is in its entirety.

“Last night I was ‘grossly generalistic,’ and that's never a good idea. I regret saying ‘half’ -- that was wrong. 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. It's deplorable that Trump has built his campaign largely on prejudice and paranoia and given a national platform to hateful views and voices, including by retweeting fringe bigots with a few dozen followers and spreading their message to 11 million people. 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. So I won't stop calling out bigotry and racist rhetoric in this campaign. I also meant what I said last night about empathy, and the very real challenges we face as a country where so many people have been left out and left behind. As I said, many of Trump's supporters are hard-working Americans who just don’t feel like the economy or our political system are working for them. I'm determined to bring our country together and make our economy work for everyone, not just those at the top. Because we really are ‘stronger together.’”

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