Hillary Clinton’s dealing with some weekend fallout after a Friday night rally featured a brash statement from the Democratic nominee. Clinton described half of Trump’s supporters as a “basket of deplorables.” She admitted being “grossly generalistic” while doing so, but she was addressing the Alt-Right movement, which she described as “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic.” This is a group that Clinton has criticized Trump for fueling and giving a megaphone to what’s essentially a fringe movement.
Certainly, Clinton used a bit of hyperbole by using the word “half.” Perhaps a precisely-cut half of Trump supporters aren’t like this, and it’s probably less, not more, than half. But we just don’t know. No mainstream poll has asked Trump voters, “Do you belong to the Alt-Right?” What matters is that these Alt-Right supporters do exist, and they’re particularly vocal, so it probably seems like there are more of them than are actually present. Whatever the case, people grew angry even though Clinton took the time to describe the other “basket” of Trump’s supporters as people who are yearning for change. Here’s that portion of Clinton’s speech transcript:
“That other basket of people are people who feel that 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.”