Trump supporters are trying to work up a victimhood whine after a Hillary Clinton description of a segment of his support base as deplorable. It’s a losing proposition.
Clinton’s quote to supporters Friday night:
You know, just to be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The 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…He tweets and retweets their offensive hateful mean-spirited rhetoric.
Republicans have been spinning nonstop trying to make something of this. Mark Myers, a Hutchinson administration official and Republican apologist (but I repeat myself), tried to liken this comment to Mitt Romney’s airy putdown of the “47 percent.” Sarah Huckabee, a paid stooge for Trump was proudly retweeted by her papa, the Florida tax exile, saying, “The American people are not deplorable….”
Well, of course many American people are deplorable. The dictionary says the words mean “deserving of strong condemnation.”
In my book, being racist, sexist, homophobic or Islamaphobic — words that demonstrably described many of Trump’s utterances that have been loudly cheered by many of his supporters — is deplorable. (I suspect Huckster thinks I’m deplorable, along with liberals in general.)
But let’s go to the numbers, thanks to Think Progress, which has rounded up some mathematic evidence of deplorable Trump supporters. In various samples:
* 65 % think President Obama is a Muslim.
* 59% think President Obama wasn’t born in the U.S.
* 31% support banning homosexuals from the U.S.
* 16% think whites are a superior race.
* 20% think President Lincoln shouldn’t have signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
I suspect there’s more. But I’d say it puts Hillary on pretty solid ground. And we haven’t even gotten around to polling on Trump calling women fat pigs with blood coming out of their orifices. Or calling Mexicans a bunch of rapists. Or calling for judges who’d restore laws against same-sex marriage.
That is a basket of deplorable stuff if ever there was one.