CNN: Clinton: Half of Trump supporters are in 'basket of deplorables'
New York (CNN)Hillary Clinton told an audience of donors Friday night that half of Donald Trump's supporters fall into "the basket of deplorables," meaning people who are racist, sexist, homophobic or xenophobic.
In an effort to explain the support behind Trump, Clinton went on to describe the rest of Trump supporters as people who are looking for change in any form because of economic anxiety and urged her supporters to empathize with them.
"To just be grossly generalistic, you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables," Clinton said. "Right? Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it."
She added, "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 offensive, hateful, mean-spirited rhetoric."
Clinton went on to say that some of these people were "irredeemable" and "not America."
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Update #1: Hillary Clinton Says Half of Donald Trump’s Supporters Are in ‘Basket of Deplorables’ (Time)
Update #2: Clinton: Half of Trump’s supporters fit in ‘basket of deplorables’ (Washington Post)
WNU Editor: If Donald Trump had a fund raiser where the top ticket price was $250,000 and said anything like this .... the media would be going in a feeding freezing. If Hillary Clinton wants to be President, she is not going to succeed by using this old worn out tactic of labelling the opponent as "racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it". All that she is now doing is galvanising Trump supporters to go out and vote.
Update #3: Donald Trump has responded .... Trump blasts Clinton for 'deplorables' comment (The Hill).