Hillary Clinton spoke at a fundraiser Friday night, where she spoke the straight truth about Trump's base.
"To be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the 'basket of deplorables,' right? The racist, sexists, homophobics, xenophobic, Islamophobic," she began.
She went on to describe the other half as those who "feel the government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them."
I might go so far as to suggest that there is some overlap there amongst those who rely upon their feels instead of their heads for what's going on with the economy, given thatpublic sentiment about the economy is the highest it's been in nine years.
So on the one hand, we have a candidate who correctly says that a large chunk of her opponent's supporters are vile, nasty, haters who thrive on his "build the wall" and "lock her up!" chants.
And on the other, we have Trump suggesting the "second amendment folks" should take care of his opponent, many of whom also happen to be the very same contingent of racist, sexist, Islamophobic bigots.
Let the vapors begin. Even Van Jones stepped lightly on that one, which is sad. It's sad that we have a media who is completely unprepared to speak the truth about the ugly underbelly of white people in this country who really, truly, are haters. Vile, ugly, racist haters.
Wake up, CNN. Get a clue.
Here's some of the Twitter reaction to her remarks.
I expect this to make all the rounds over the weekend now. Somehow it's a bad thing to actually call out the David Dukes and Richard Spencers and white supremacists who catapulted Trump into the nomination for what they are.
By the way, this isn't the first time she's said it. POLITICO reported the very same line in a speech last month:
This week Clinton’s campaign is shifting into a get-out-the-vote mode while she also maintains her sideline pursuit of poachable Republicans. Her team will continue touting prominent GOP endorsements: Former California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman even introduced Clinton at multiple closed-door August fundraisers in California. There, the candidate explained her approach to Republicans interested in Trump, according to one Bay Area attendee. Clinton divides Trump voters into two baskets, she said: the everyday Republicans — her targets — and what she called “the deplorables” — the "alt-right" crowd she excoriates and has no hope of wooing.