If You Feel Insulted By Hillary….

To just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the “basket of deplorables.” They’re racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it. And unfortunately, there are people like that, and he has lifted them up.

If you feel insulted by Hillary Clinton’s statement above, what have you done to disprove it?

If you feel insulted by Hillary Clinton’s statement, how can you disprove it?

She didn’t say “all Trump supporters.” She didn’t say “half of all Americans.” She said “half of Trump’s supporters.”

Can you deny that there are white supremacists supporting Trump? Can you deny that wanting a wall on a country’s border is almost the textbook example of xenophobia? Can you deny that the candidate himself has a long history of misogynistic statements, or that his supporters routinely refer to Hillary Clinton’s gender as if it’s relevant? If that’s not textbook sexism, what would be? Can you deny that Trump’s various proposals to limit or “vet” people coming from strongly Islamic countries demonstrates a fear of Islam, is textbook Islamophobia?

Even if you try to argue that one of the above positions, such as building a wall on our Mexican border, is justifiable, it doesn’t mean it that’s not also xenophobic; you’re merely arguing that xenophobia isn’t a bad thing in this case. You’re merely arguing that xenophobia doesn’t merit inclusion in Hillary’s “basket of deplorables.”

Suppose someone supports Donald J. Trump for some reason other than racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, and Islamaphobia. Suppose they have a strong revulsion to Hillary Clinton, Jill Stein, and Gary Johnson, or they merely have a strong revulsion to Secretary Clinton that they rationalize on other grounds, such as the e-mail server, and regard Stein and Johnson as not real alternatives.

That doesn’t make Hillary Clinton wrong about “half of Trump’s supporters.” This only means we found someone, as unlikely as it sounds, in the other half of his supporters. It may mean that we found someone who believes adopting the Republican brand absolves someone of all sins and faults.That may be unfair to the keepers of the Republican brand. It may mean only that adopting the Republican brand is enough to counteract all sins and faults. I can’t quite say that puts someone in the Basket of Deplorables, but this year more than most makes it clear, such a belief is at best highly questionable.

So, Hillary Clinton broke a dubious rule of political decorum and said something unflattering about some of her opponent’s supporters. Get over it. She wasn’t wrong, and Trump has said far worse about far more people many, many times, arguably being wrong almost (almost???) every damned time.


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