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Imagine a situation where Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gave a speech to donors and said, “I don’t hate all Muslims. I just oppose those who I lump into a cultural ‘basket of deplorables.'” How long do you think it would take before the collective might of the U.S. media crushed him under the weight of his own “grossly generalistic” words?

Answer: Mr. Trump would be mercilessly beaten day in and day out by pundits, political action committees, Hollywood celebrities, and campaign attack ads. There would be no respite from withering criticism until his reputation was ground into a million pieces and thrown into the dustbin of history.

Now consider Hillary Clinton’s “grossly generalistic” claim that roughly 50 percent of Mr. Trump’s supporters belong in a “basket of deplorables.”

CNN reported Saturday:

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.”

Republicans are never allowed to be “grossly generalistic.” Just ask Mitt “47%” Romney.

If a Republican makes a generalization about any issue that might make some minorities look bad, then he or she is a racistbigothomophobe. If a Democrat makes a generalization that makes millions of white people look like racistbigothomophobes, then we are supposed to accept the claim as a general truth. Classic!

Surprisingly, CNN pointed to a new Quinnipiac University poll on Saturday showing that most people who are voting for Mr. Trump are doing so because they do not like Mrs. Clinton. She is such an unlikable and untrustworthy politician (Dare we say, “deplorable”?), that tens-of-millions of Americans will essentially vote against her instead of “for” Mr. Trump.

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America, give or take a few percentage points each election cycle, is politically split. There are about 40 percent who will always vote for Republicans, another 40 percent who will always vote for Democrats, and then another 20 percent who are up for grabs even though they may heavily lean in one direction. Therefore, saying that “half” of Mr. Trump’s supporters belong in a “basket of deplorables” is politically tone-deaf.

It will be very interesting to see how much this comment affects Mrs. Clinton’s support in the weeks ahead. Regardless, independent voters should ask themselves why it is that one political party gets to generalize about millions of law-abiding Americans, while the other is not allowed to do so with law-breakers and terrorists.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

14 comments

  1. When I first heard of this, I thought she had been caught on a hot microphone, or something like that. Surely, she would not say something this tasteless in front of a crowded room. Well, I was definitely wrong. The media may not crack down on her, but I suspect that many voters will be repulsed. The fallout from this will be interesting to watch.

    1. “When I first heard of this, I thought she had been caught on a hot microphone, or something like that. Surely, she would not say something this tasteless in front of a crowded room. Well, I was definitely wrong. The media may not crack down on her, but I suspect that many voters will be repulsed. The fallout from this will be interesting to watch.”

      I am perfectly willing to admit that there are plenty of Trump supporters who are downright scary. The thing that annoys me, however, is that she is grossly exaggerating the number and too many powerful people in the American media will let it slide because she has a “D” next to her name. Mitt Romney was excoriated for his “47 percent” line, but the usual suspects in the media will turn the other way for this one.

  2. Her supporters see nothing wrong with what she said. They are saying what she said was refreshingly honest! To them, 25% of America is truly deplorable and another 25% are just bitter and confused. They think the south is exclusively made up of idiot KKK members.

    1. “Her supporters see nothing wrong with what she said. They are saying what she said was refreshingly honest!”

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, Eric. I appreciate it. It’s funny how “refreshingly honest” seems to be a one-way street. 😉

      “To them, 25% of America is truly deplorable and another 25% are just bitter and confused. They think the south is exclusively made up of idiot KKK members.”

      I’ve mentioned this before, but even the Southern Poverty Law Center, a liberal nonprofit organization, puts the number of KKK members at 8,000 — max. It’s incredibly disgusting that people like Hillary Clinton keep trying to convince people that our country has racist boogeymen around every street corner.

  3. It would have indicated an unusual level of wisdom (for a politician or candidate) to have said something like, “Being American, MOST of us grew up with some racist programming. Some outgrow or reject it as adults. Others don’t. No matter how many have or haven’t gotten over it, it’s always a wrong way to think and speak about people.”

    This goes for all the other deplorables, though I believe racism is the most common and pervasive of the listed prejudices.

    I think she grossly under-exaggerated the number of people with crippling biases that impact their judgment, because they/we exist all along the political spectrum. The idea that Trump’s supporters belong in the baskets is quite defensible, but it is less reasonable to assume her supporters don’t also belong there.

    1. “It would have indicated an unusual level of wisdom (for a politician or candidate) to have said something like, ‘Being American, MOST of us grew up with some racist programming. Some outgrow or reject it as adults. Others don’t. No matter how many have or haven’t gotten over it, it’s always a wrong way to think and speak about people.'”

      But she didn’t say that. She called millions of Americans “deplorables.” That is taking things to another level.

      What “racist programming” did your mother and father download into your brain that you had to reject?

    2. My father was “white trash” from the wrong side of the tracks. He commonly used racial slurs, and sometimes performed in blackface when he was younger (he was a drummer). There were uncles, aunts and cousins who daily proclaimed all the stereotypical stuff – lazy, shiftless etc.

      It wasn’t only my family though. I was born in St. Louis in the ’50s. They still had “whites only” drinking fountains, and “those people” certainly weren’t served in the same areas of cafes, and yes, they had to go to the back of the bus. I witnessed race riots in the 60s, and the divergent ways “my people” and those of other ethnicities viewed the events. My schools were subject to bussing and forced integration, and there were fights right up to high school in 1969. I had plenty to deal with and hopefully outgrow, Doug.

      As I said, her mistake was in suggesting the deplorable only exist on one side.

    3. “It wasn’t only my family though. I was born in St. Louis in the ’50s. They still had ‘whites only’ drinking fountains, and “those people” certainly weren’t served in the same areas of cafes, and yes, they had to go to the back of the bus. […] I had plenty to deal with and hopefully outgrow, Doug.”

      Thank you for sharing this, as I think it is quite instructive for readers. I think the main thing here is the generational difference. I was born in the suburbs of Chicago in 1979. My parents never used racist slurs, never had a problem with me, say, going to birthday parties for Indian kids, etc. I had posters of black athletes on my bedroom wall. We listened to black musicians and I don’t remember any of my friends (or their families) ever saying anything that was remotely racist.

      I enlisted in the Army when I was 18 years old and was buddies with hispanic guys, black dudes (even a former gang member from Los Angeles), and people of all backgrounds. It wasn’t until I got to college that I encountered professors (probably born in the 1950s), who said I was “subconsciously racist” my whole life and that I seemingly hated the black/latino guys I would have taken a bullet for in Charlie Company, 1/18 Infantry Battalion.

      Why would I go on road trips through Europe with guys I subconsciously hate, Mr. USC Professor? Oh, well.

  4. We are pursuing a conflict between “common” and “universal”, during re-examination over whether HRC’s statement maligning “half” (no more than 1/4 of the population of voters) for having various kinds of prejudices. I’m suggesting it’s more common than she said. You suggest it’s less common than she said. Maybe her experience is one out of four. We all base what we regard as true to some degree on our personal experience, and to some degree we are all inaccurate in our assumptions.

    I’m strictly community college, state U. and trade school educated. I would never have been happy at the “University of Spoiled Children”. But I agree with your assessment about generations. I do think there are more racists etc. among us seniors (the bloc that votes in the highest percentage), and I’m glad these biases will be reduced as we die.

    1. Yes, they do call USC the “university of spoiled children,” but then again I put myself through college without mom and dad’s help. I transferred from a community college and paid for the rest with my GI Bill and saved money from working the overnight shift at Target.
      It was never a question for me whether or not spoiled kids would make me unhappy while I was there. It was about me doing what I wanted regardless of how many people crapped on the idea. (The advisor at the community college literally laughed out loud when I said I was going to transfer to USC.)

  5. On this date in 2001, Muslim immigrants killed over 2900 Americans in a terrorist attack. On this date in 2012, four Americans died at the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi while Obama and Hillary Clinton dithered over whether to send in a Marine Corps F.A.S.T. unit in uniform or in civilian clothes (?), and whether to send the team in armed or unarmed. (!?)

    BTW, the death toll from 9-11-01 continues to rise, as police officers, firefighters, and paramedics succumb to disease caused by inhaling toxic fumes while trying to rescue victims.

    In San Bernardino, a Muslim immigrant and a Muslim anchor baby murdered victims in a designated gun-free zone, in a state that has stringent gun control laws. Both killers had been observed behaving suspiciously, but neighbors and employers were afraid to report it, for fear of being accused of racism and Islamophobia.

    The administration responded by calling for more gun control laws, increasing unvetted Muslim immigration, and threatening to “take action” against anyone who said anything that might be interpreted (or misinterpreted) as “anti-Muslim rhetoric.”

    In Orlando, a Muslim anchor baby murdered unarmed victims in yet another designated gun-free zone. The focus of most media coverage was on the NRA and the demon AR-15. (Note: the weapon used was not an AR-15.) The director of the Human Rights Campaign implied that the “deranged individual” was “taught to hate by a preacher on Sunday morning.”

    The “deranged individual” did not attend a Christian church, he attended a mosque that was suspected of having terrorist ties. But Hillary’s State Department obstructed the FBI and DHS from investigating it.

    And Hillary and Obama want to import 200,000 immigrants from the Middle East every year. People who share the same ideology as that “deranged individual.”

    The Clintons took a tax deduction for charity donations. Over 90% of their donations were to the Clinton Foundation. That is, they got a tax deduction for donating money to themselves.

    Hillary ran the State Department as a pay-for-play operation, taking bribes from foreign governments. She mishandled top secret information, then tried to blame it on Colin Powell. She promised to put the coal industry out of business, and the miners out of their jobs. Then she backtracked, saying she misquoted herself or took herself out of context or something.

    OTOH, Trump has occasionally said mean things that might be offensive to Muslims and to illegal immigrants. So, if you don’t vote for Hillary Rodham Barack Hussein Osama Bin Clinton, then you are a deplorable racist, sexist, xenophobic, Islamophobe.

    Voting for Trump is like playing Russian Roulette with half the chambers loaded. Voting for Clinton is like putting a fully loaded .44 Magnum to head and pulling the trigger.

    1. That, and that he is morally depraved, a constant liar, a self-obsessed narcissist, nd an under-educated man who is not the least bit qualified for the high office he seeks. Other than that, he’s peachy.

      Regarding Clinton: They say in politics that a “gaffe” is when a politician accidentally says what she really believes.

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