Hillary Clinton verbally banished half of Donald Trump’s backers to a “basket of deplorables,” and the Republican presidential nominee quickly pounced, saying on Saturday (Sunday NZ Time) she had smeared many Americans and would pay a heavy political price.
“Wow, Hillary Clinton was SO INSULTING to my supporters, millions of amazing, hard-working people. I think it will cost her at the polls!” Trump said in a tweet.
Clinton, who has said she is the candidate who can unify a divided country, made the comment at an LGBT fundraiser on Friday night (Saturday NZT) at a New York City restaurant, with about 1000 people in attendance.
“To just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic – you name it,” she said.
An old rule of politics is you attack your opponents, but never their supporters. John Howard for example was careful to never attack those supporting Pauline Hansen, even though he would attack Hansen.
Clinton has effectively just labelled 50 million Americans as deplorable. Very stupid.