Sep 15

About That Basket Of Deplorables

Last week while speaking at the LGBT for Hillary Gala in New York City, Hillary Clinton called out some Trump supporters saying that half of Trump’s supporters belong in a “basket of deplorables.” She was pointing out in her speech that Trump’s supporters were “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic.” The next day, after criticism from The Donald, she corrected herself issuing this statement:

“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.’ “

Today in his GC The Closer video, Keith Olbermann says Hillary was wrong, all of Trump’s supporters are deplorable.

What Keith said

“If you support Trump, if you think he should be president regardless of how much he and his advocates hate, and mock and punch old women with portable oxygen canisters, if you’re not condemning this madness and repudiating these deplorable people and you are not racist, not sexist, not homophobic, not xenophobic, or not Islamophobic, if you’re supporting him not for those things but in spite of them, you are even more deplorable. The correct number, Secretary Clinton, is not 50%, it’s 100.”