Trump’s ‘basket of deplorables’ is all too real

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“To just be grossly generalistic, you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables,” Hillary Clinton said Friday night, before a health scare knocked her off the campaign trail temporarily. “Right? Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it.”

Clinton’s remark immediately drew harsh condemnation from some Republicans, which I found rather amusing. Unless you yourself are “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic,” then Clinton wasn’t talking about you and you have no cause to feel offended. Clinton herself later apologized, but only to a point. Her mistake, she said, was in making a gross generalization and by putting the size of that contingent as large as a “half” of Trump’s support.

However, she did not withdraw the core of her observation, and for a very good reason: It’s true.

In fact, it’s so obviously true that a lot of non-bigoted conservatives have publicly acknowledged and condemned it, often using terms more cutting than those used by Clinton. When Donald Trump claimed that an Indiana-born judge of Mexican descent was not qualified to judge his legal case, House Speaker Paul Ryan called it “the textbook definition of a racist comment.” When Trump refused to condemn David Duke and other white supremacists, feigning ignorance of their cause, Sen. Marco Rubio stepped in, proclaiming that “We cannot be the party that nominates someone who refuses to condemn white supremacists and the Ku Klux Klan.”

“I do think that (Trump) honestly believes that large swaths of conservatives are bigots, and he wants to pander to them, and that he doesn’t want to offend them,” says Jonah Goldberg of National Review. “I think that explains entirely why he was so reluctant at first to condemn David Duke. It wasn’t because he likes David Duke. He thinks a lot of his followers like David Duke.”

“Mr. Trump’s ‘Mexican’ slur about federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel is the most shameful word uttered by a major presidential candidate since Dixiecrat Strom Thurmond thundered in 1948 against the ‘Nigra race,’” wrote conservative columnist Bret Stephens in the Wall Street Journal. “As in 1948, Mr. Trump is appealing to constituents who have stuffed themselves on a diet of bad statistics and misleading anecdotes—people who fancy themselves victims but behave like bigots.”

Trump’s appeal to bigots and bigotry is also not a secret to the American people at large. In the most recent ABC News/Washington Post poll, for example, just 36 percent of those polled said Trump isn’t biased against women and minorities. Sixty percent believed that he is indeed biased against those groups, with 48 percent saying they believed strongly that Trump is a bigot. (Also, see Reuters/Ipso poll below)

Women certainly recognize the misogyny within the Trump campaign. When the most popular t-shirts for sale at Trump rallies call Clinton a “bitch” in some form or other, when Trump himself has a long history of misogynistic, sexist remarks, it’s a hard fact to miss. And when the most recent polls show Trump doing 21 points better among men than among women — double the advantage that Mitt Romney had — then yes, gender is clearly an issue, and Clinton is far from alone in seeing it.

As you can see above, it’s also worth noting that Duke and other alt-right white supremacists have been drawn to the Trump campaign in ways that they were not when the GOP nominee was Mitt Romney or John McCain. That tells you a lot. These are people who are by definition well-attuned to racist appeals — they know it when they see it — and they pronounce themselves almost gleeful about what they see and hear from Trump. They want to be a part of it, and they think they are.

On this point at least, I will defer to their judgment.

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Dateline 2016
Dateline 2016

If anyone in the republican deplorable's  basket is worthy of reproach, rebuke, censure and disgrace, it is their racist, dictator loving, money grubbing, military avoiding leader, Donald "Fubar" Trump.

RoyalDawg
RoyalDawg

Typical "tolerant" liberalism- if you disagree with me, you need a LABEL, as I am clearly superior to you.

BinderLady
BinderLady

One last thing, Trump said that he plans to fight terrorism, then he needs to start at his rallies with all of the punching that his supporters seems to be doing.

Citizen-of-the-World
Citizen-of-the-World

Trump came out of the gate with racist, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, misogynist rhetoric, immediately drawing support from, not what I would call "deplorables," but "despicables." 


The "deplorables," to me, are the ones who were aghast and appalled at Trump's demagoguery at first, and they voted for somebody else in the primaries. But then, after Trump was nominated, they just shrugged and said, "Oh well, I guess I'll go ahead and support this demagogue because he's our Republican nominee." These are the deplorables.


Then there are those, whom Hillary cited, who just feel they've been abandoned by our government, and Trump's outsider status appeals to them, demagoguery notwithstanding. 


These three groups personify what I've said many times: History looks on people who follow demagogues as either vile, weak or misguided.  


If you are for Trump, which category do you fall under?


StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

I know Mr. Everyone is a liar but him did not go there. LOL

ByteMe
ByteMe

@TBS Kate McKinnon wants to apply for the body double job.  Would be a total hoot.

JeffreyEav
JeffreyEav

I can help Hillary with her sunglasses. I haven't taken mine off in years.

td1234
td1234

So Hillary tells Anderson Cooper that she has passed out a few times and can usually control it and Bill says Hillary has passed out a few times but then we are suppose to believe that Hillary passed out due to pneumonia. 


Either Hillary has had pneumonia several times or there is something missing from this story. 

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

She's dying td, word is she won't even make to Election Day. Feel better now? LOL

gadem
gadem

@td1234 sigh....yes something is missing. Go find it for us, and don't come back until you do. Take the investigators that Donald hired to find PBO birth certificate. Take OJ with you too.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@td1234 Bill said the cause was a mystery even to her doctors, but, she claims that she can control "it."  How do you control what you don't know?

ByteMe
ByteMe

@td1234 Dehydration.  Comes from not drinking enough water.  Pretty nasty when it happens to you, because you think you're doing fine, but suddenly you're on the floor wondering what happened.

honested
honested

@td1234 

Of the losing side of the upcoming election is grasping at every straw possible to pretend their base is not scum and they lack any sense of coherent governance.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@ByteMe @td1234

Dehydration.


Nah.  Can't be that.  When you live in tin foil hat world, and it involves the Clintons, there must be something nefarious going on.  It can never be the simple logical answer.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

Too funny, I have typed Breitbarf so many times on my I-phone that it pops up as auto text now. Good job Apple.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

The Russian foreign ministry is pushing to make public the text a cease-fire deal for Syria that Russia and the United States agreed to after marathon talks in Geneva last week.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters on Tuesday that Moscow wants the deal, which launched a nationwide cessation of hostilities in Syria, to be made public but that the U.S. opposes such a move.

Why would the U.S. not want it to be made public?

Turkey's military says it has shelled two targets inside Syria after a mortar round struck inside Turkey minutes after a cease-fire came into effect in Syria the previous evening.

Maj. Gen. Ertugrulgazi Ozkurkcu said in a statement on Tuesday that the mortar round was determined to have been fired from Syrian government-controlled territory.

Erdogan is a problem child.

The Syrian military says its forces have shot down two Israeli aircraft — a warplane and a drone — near the Israeli-controlled part of the Golan Heights.

The report came as a U.S.-Russia-brokered truce appeared to be holding in Syria on Tuesday, after coming into effect the night before.

The Israeli military quickly denied the Syrian claim. It says that "two surface-to-air missiles were launched from Syria after the mission overnight to target Syrian artillery positions" but that the safety of Israeli planes was not compromised.

http://www.chron.com/news/crime/article/The-Latest-Syria-army-claims-shooting-down-2-9218989.php#photo-10913209

A whole lotta finger pointin' going on, not to mention missile pointing. 

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@honested @FIGMO2

The damage was done prior to the Syrian conflict.

Libya's humpless camel, Qaddafi? Obama's red line?

Now all they can do is wait and hope for something better where hope is spent.

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

Hillary's sunglasses are not particularly stylish. How come?

"...reporting on the fact that prior to Hillary’s possible seizure and collapse at the 9/11 ceremony, she was wearing a pair of cobalt blue sunglasses. They note that Z1 cobalt blue lenses manufactured by Zeiss, are known to have a preventive effect on seizures associated with epilepsy and are widely used for that purpose. Such lenses block most of the red spectrum of light, that part considered most likely to induce seizures in people who have photo-sensitivities associated with neurological disorders such as epilepsy and Parkinson’s which share some common symptoms."

Hmmmmmmm

TBS
TBS

It's ok

You can include the link of your cut and paste.

What was that you were saying about cut and pastes just yesterday?

Lol

Don't be embarrassed of your source

Hmmm

TBS
TBS

What was that about cut and paste yesterday and people not having any original thoughts?

I knew you were projecting you but did you know that.

American Thinker?

That's a good one.. Health bodyguards

Tuesday morning comedy show as commenced

TBS
TBS

Has commenced

honested
honested

@TBS 

If they had original thoughts, the republiklan party wouldn't be in the morass of irrelevance it finds itself.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@Philo_Farnsworth "Health body guards"...


You are so duped.  My goodness, they feed you nonsense and you just lap it right up.

TBS
TBS

Jay

Your readers are expecting a column on HCs health issues and potential exit from the race

Don't let them down

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

It's deplorable for Mike Pense to not be able to call the KKK deplorable. Guess he did not want to upset his voting base. Terrible

BinderLady
BinderLady

@StraightNoChaser  Well, Trump told Pense not to denounce Dukes and the KKK and he will do whatever Trump tells him to do. From what I have read isn't Pense suppose to be a minister and doesn't Duke and the KKK stand for hate.  So, even if Trump didn't denounce them, Pense should have already because God denounced it in his word.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

You must have not heard about the deplorables gawd yet, not the same one we know. LOL

honested
honested

Well, Tuesday morning and half the chumpers are still scum....


If you are part of the other half, how do you think it makes you look?

ByteMe
ByteMe

@honested And the next day either claims it was "rigged" or that he really "put her in her place."

skydog12
skydog12

@ByteMe @honested


I worked with an ex Blackwater kid who thought he was Rambo. He went out drinking with some iron workers and a fight broke out. 

He came in to work the next day with 2 black eyes and a broken nose, bragging about he had whupped 2 ironworks.


My friend told him, "I bet those 2 guys fist are a mess this morning".

BinderLady
BinderLady

Trump said Sunday that he will release his medical records and he hopes that everything will look ok.  What?  You hope.  hum.  Now let me get this straight, you are 70 years old and you have been putting that orange stuff on your skin for what I have read for over 10 years.  Yes, Mr. Trump go ahead and release your medical records and please don't use that same bozo the clown doctor that you used before, we all knew that he was a joke.  Go into the doctors office take your clothes off, get examined like most people and don't sit in the limo for a speedy one page so called wink, wink response.

honested
honested

@BinderLady 

And then release what we all really want to see.....

YOUR TAX RETURNS!

Waverly
Waverly

So George Soros and his ilk are choir boys?  Opps, I forgot, with the Liberal Sheeple, one can not use the term "choir" or "boys".

ByteMe
ByteMe

@Waverly What is this unnatural and unhealthy focus on Soros?  You act like he can vote more times than someone else.