Remarks made at political party fundraisers can be risky business.
On April 6, 2008 the then-senator Obama spoke at a Democrat fundraiser in San Francisco. Of Pennsylvanians, he said:
they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
He prefaced that with:
You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not.
His eight-year administration has done nothing for these people. This year, Donald Trump is the candidate running with the promise of jobs in what Big Media call the Rustbelt.
There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it — that that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what … These are people who pay no income tax. … [M]y job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.
CBS News said that was true:
Essentially, yes, according to the the Tax Policy Center, which provides data showing that in 2011, 46.4 percent of American households paid no federal income tax.
On Friday, September 9, Hillary Clinton spoke at an LGBT fundraiser in New York City. She said:
“You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables, right?” Clinton told the friendly audience fired up to see Barbra Streisand perform at the cavernous Cipriani on Wall Street. “The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it.”
That, from the woman who only recently cautioned Americans, particularly Trump supporters:
Words have consequences. Words can be misinterpreted.
You bet. A Twitterstorm erupted and a new hashtag emerged — #BasketOfDeplorables.
The Boston Herald‘s renowned columnist and New England radio talk show host Howie Carr quickly put out a tee shirt with the slogan. Part of the sales blurb reads:
Now, you too can show your love for Trump with this “Proud To Be A Deplorable” t-shirt! Grab one for you and all your friends!
This is guaranteed to be as popular as Alex Jones’s Hillary for Prison tees.
Trump, Mike Pence and their supporters are exasperated.
Hillary Clinton just had her 47% moment. What a terrible thing she said about so many great Americans!
That followed an earlier tweet:
While Hillary said horrible things about my supporters, and while many of her supporters will never vote for me, I still respect them all!
No one with that low opinion of the American people should ever be elected president of the United States.
RNC chairman Reince Priebus said:
By referring to millions of Americans as ‘deplorables’ and ‘irredeemable,’ Hillary Clinton is showing her outright contempt for ordinary people and proving yet again why Americans overwhelmingly regard her as dishonest and untrustworthy.
THE Chris Coalpeople tweeted a photo of Romney with these words:
I only said 47% wouldn’t vote for me.
The unofficial but intensely popular Trump mascots Harambe the gorilla and Pepe the frog sat in a basket and cried.
The retired lawyer from California, an ex-Hillary supporter, from The Crawdad Hole mused:
I’ve been called a lot of things in my life, but nobody ever called me “deplorable” before.
Clint Eastwood asked:
Disgrace, how can we trust her as President? next thing we know she’ll be drone striking us.
Deplorable Lynne P posted a redesigned Les Misérables poster with a Trump banner on it and remarked:
For the first time in a long time, her true feelings came out, showing bigotry & hatred for millions of Americans.
Another Deplorable, Xime, a naturalised American citizen, tweeted:
I’d rather be in a basket of deplorables rather than be an accessory to the murders in Benghazi, the genocide of unborn babies and enabling a serial rapist husband.
Clinton tried to walk back her remarks, which she also made to an Israeli newspaper earlier in the week. However, she matters worse:
“Last night I was ‘grossly generalistic,’ and that’s never a good idea,” Clinton said in a statement. “I regret saying ‘half’ — that was wrong.”
This was a representative response:
She regrets saying “half”, so we are all deplorable. Her way of saying “I loathe the person who does not vote for me.”
Jorge Herrera, chairman of Latinos With Trump and an intensive care nurse, tweeted a picture of himself and a Latino colleague:
A ‘friendly neighborhood Republican’ posted a photo of himself with his parents, commenting:
My family. Which one is deplorable, Hillary? Veteran, woman, or gay man. You insult us.
Conservative columnist Tim Carney summed it up succinctly:
The parallel is disdain for the unwashed.
Those were the same people Clinton courted in 2008:
She ripped him [Obama] as “elitist” and cast him as someone who couldn’t possibly fathom the struggles of “working, hard-working Americans, white Americans.”
Not even the alt-right thinks they’re half of Trump’s supporters. They are a small percentage of voters who happen to be on the same side of millions of voters who also want a disruptor rather than an establishmentarian. Their choice may or may not be wise, but the vast majority of Trump voters have nothing to do with the alt-right, and probably have never heard the term before.
Byron York, chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner, tweeted:
Internal Clinton talking points & surrogate guidance on “deplorable” : if pressed, shame the media >> http://nytimes.com/2016/09/11/us/
Interestingly, the New York Times removed the page!
However, the Washington Post has an article about the internal advice:
The memo goes on to say “IF PUSHED,” surrogates should raise concerns about media fairness.
“I think we can all agree that if Donald Trump said something controversial about Clinton supporters, it wouldn’t have been in his top ten list of offensive statements in day,” the advice reads. “It’s well past time the press stopped grading Trump on a curve. So is the press going to cover this story in the right [context], or are they going to hold Hillary to a different standard again? Are they going to make more out of this story than they made out of the racist, misogynistic Trump comments that got us here in the first place?”
The bigotry theme continued on the West Coast. In The Hollywood Reporter Rob Reiner — Carl Reiner’s son and co-star (Meathead) of the 1970s sitcom All in the Family — compared the show’s protagonist Archie Bunker and Trump:
Trump is from Queens. Archie is born and raised in Queens. They have the same kind of mentality. Archie was a bigot, and the things that come out of Trump’s mouth are totally bigoted.
Clinton’s health was also an issue this week, one that Trump supporters didn’t hesitate to comment on. On September 8, foul-mouthed comedienne and actress Sarah Silverman said:
The Hillary Clinton health truthers need to take a chill pill …
“Yeah, I think she’s healthy. I think anyone bringing up her health is a f–king a–hole,” the comedian told TMZ over widely discredited rumors of the Democratic nominee’s physical decline. “Believe me, she’s fine.”
When pressed on whether the former Secretary of State had a “clean bill of health,” the onetime Bernie Sanders die-hard replied she had “no idea” and closed a door in the photographer’s face.
That elicited a comment from a 2008 McCain supporter:
… if only I had a dollar for every leftist that said to me: “Mccain is so old and looks terrible, he is prolly (no typo) going to die before the election even happens!”
True! I remember those remarks well.
On Friday, September 9, Gateway Pundit reported that the political editor of the Daily Mail US received online attacks from Hillary’s people (emphases mine):
Daily Mail U.S. Political Editor David Martosko was attacked online by current and former aides to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for commenting about Clinton’s tired, listless appearance at a press conference on Friday about national security. Martosko was also challenged by two reporters who defended Clinton.
Nick Merrill, Clinton’s traveling press secretary, and Adam Parkhomenko, who was a state coordinator for the Clinton campaign and is now National Field Director for the Democratic Party, each replied to a tweet thread by Martosko about Clinton’s demeanor with Parkomenko threatening his job and Merrill employing the ‘delete your account’ othering insult.
When reporters are publicly attacked by high ranking political operatives it is not just meant to intimidate that reporter, it is meant to ‘other’ him by separating him from the herd and intimidate other reporters from following his lead.
Martosko was off the campaign trail and commented as he watched video of the press conference.
Another Gateway Pundit article has more details of the press conference. Hillary’s cough, which made a strong appearance in Cleveland on Tuesday, re-emerged on Friday:
A listless, tired looking Clinton had been speaking and taking questions for about fourteen minutes when she first ended her press conference but came right back to the microphone to answer a shouted question about her rival Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaking to Larry King on King’s show that is on Russian owned RT …
As soon as Clinton was behind the pillar immediately stage right a loud double cough could be heard. As Clinton stepped past the pillar her closed right hand could be seen coming down from her face, as one does when coughing.
It would appear that reports focusing attention on Clinton’s coughing fits on the campaign trail have rattled her so that she feels the need to not be seen coughing on camera.
Clinton and her people have attacked Nigel Farage, who, amazingly, was asked to write an article for the Washington Post on parallels between Brexit and Trump’s candidacy:
When I went as an observer to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, I was astonished by the reaction. Delegate after delegate wanted to shake hands to say congratulations on Britain reasserting our own national democracy. The Mississippi delegation even invited me to their state, to experience some traditional Southern hospitality, and indeed that’s how I ended up making a trip to Jackson, Miss., last month …
Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, appears to be so upset by Brexit and enraged by my presence in Jackson that she decided to launch an all-out attack on me. She issued willfully inaccurate character assassinations in a speech in Nevada that week, falsely accusing me of all kinds of nonsense. I’ve heard all of this before; in fact, I really felt at home. Clinton’s entourage joined in, too, with former Clinton adviser Neera Tanden bizarrely accusing the party I have led of being funded by Russians. Complete baloney. This kind of slanderous, ill-informed mudslinging shows the extent to which they are panicking …
In other news, Trump gave an address at Phyllis Schafly’s funeral on Saturday, September 10. The congregation gave him a standing ovation. Melania, Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon were also at the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica. Schafly had endorsed the GOP candidate and, just before her death, released a book The Conservative Case for Trump, co-authored with Ed Martin and Brett Decker.
KMOX News reported:
Trump spoke for approximately six minutes and was greeted with standing ovations both before he talked and after he was done.
The Republican nominee called Schlafly a true American patriot.
“A movement has lost its hero. Believe me that Phyllis was there for me when it was not at all fashionable. Trust me,” Trump said.
And finally — last but hardly least — I promised last week to post Diamond and Silk’s September 3 message about the Democratic Party representing a new age of slavery, with Hillary as the urban plantation foreman! Don’t miss it:
They are right: only a fool fights in a burning house. America is that house.
Are Diamond and Silk ‘deplorables’, too?