Hillary Clinton caused quite the uproar at a campaign fundraiser Friday night when she made the following comments about Donald Trump supporters:
“To just be grossly generalistic, you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it. 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.”
The turn of phrase was odd, offensive, and — as she readily admits — “grossly generalistic.” However, it wasn’t the first time Clinton said this. In fact, she used those exact same words to describe Trump supporters during an interview with Israeli television journalist Yonit Levi that was published just one day prior to the fundraiser:
Clinton issued a half-hearted apology for her remarks, but stands by her claim that “Trump has built his campaign largely on prejudice and paranoia and given a national platform to hateful views and voices.”
As for the other half of Trump’s supporters, Clinton thinks they have legitimate concerns and “and a case to make,” but are “signing up with the wrong candidate” to bring about change.