Of course, this is sarcasm.
At an LGBT campaign fundraising event in New York City on September 9, Clinton gave a speech and said the following:
I know there are only 60 days left to make our case – and don’t get complacent – don’t see the latest outrageous, offensive, inappropriate comment and think, “Well, he’s done this time.” We are living in a volatile political environment.
You know, 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 – Islamophobic – you name it. And unfortunately, there are people like that.
And he has lifted them up. He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people – now have 11 million. He tweets and retweets their offensive, hateful, mean-spirited rhetoric. Now, some of those folks – they are irredeemable, but thankfully, they are not America.
But the “other” basket – the other basket – and I know because I look at this crowd I see friends from all over America here: I see friends from Florida and Georgia and South Carolina and Texas and — as well as, you know, New York and California — but that “other” basket of people are people who feel the government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them, nobody worries about what happens to their lives and their futures; and they’re just desperate for change.
It doesn’t really even matter where it comes from. They don’t buy everything he says, but he seems to hold out some hope that their lives will be different. They won’t wake up and see their jobs disappear, lose a kid to heroin, feel like they’re in a dead-end. Those are people we have to understand and empathize with as well.— Hillary Clinton, CBS News
She Meant To Say Something Else?
The Fallout – Of Course Stupid
After the election, Diane Hessan, who had been hired by the Clinton campaign to track undecided voters, wrote in The Boston Globe that “all hell broke loose” after the “basket of deplorables” comment, which prompted what she saw as the largest shift of undecided voters towards Trump.Political scientist Charles Murray said in a post-election interview with Sam Harris that because the comment helped get Donald Trump elected, Murray agreed with Jonathan Haidt that it had “changed the history of the world, and he [Haidt] may very well be right. That one comment by itself may have swung enough votes. It certainly was emblematic of the disdain with which the New Upper Class looks at mainstream Americans.”
Down with the Walmart People
Politico‘s Rich Lowry describes conservatives’ interpretation of Clinton’s use of the term as “an unfair, disparaging term for people who believe reasonable but politically incorrect things – immigration should be restricted, NFL players should stand during the national anthem, All Lives Matter, etc.)”.
Those aren’t Nazi views – just typical Fox News stuff.