Not even the mainstream media could cover up the fact that Hillary Clinton made a major diplomatic snafu overnight when she called half of Trump supporters a “basket of deplorables”, adding that they were “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic.” Which is perhaps why, moments ago, Hillary almost, but not quite, apologized for her statement when said she regretted slamming “half” of Donald Trump’s supporters but stood by her characterization that much of his campaign is “deplorable.”
“Last night I was ‘grossly generalistic,’ and that’s never a good idea. I regret saying ‘half’ — that was wrong,” Clinton said in a statement.
Alas, her apology appears to have only made matters, and the confusion, worse:
Is Hillary apologizing for calling Trump voters deplorable or for getting the "half" wrong, and if not "half", what is the real number
— zerohedge (@zerohedge) September 10, 2016
In any case, that was her “apology”; however just to avoid appearing weak, she added that “let’s be clear, what’s really ‘deplorable’ is that Donald Trump hired a major advocate for the so-called ‘alt-right’ movement to run his campaign and that David Duke and other white supremacists see him as a champion of their values.” Clinton was referring to Trump’s campaign CEO Steve Bannon, formerly the chairman of Breitbart News.
As reported previously, at a fundraiser Friday night in New York City, Clinton said half of Trump’s supporters were “irredeemable” and could be categorized as a “basket of deplorables” because of their bigoted views, but that the other half were people who believe that government had “let them down” and deserve empathy.
“As I said, many of Trump’s supporters are hard-working Americans who just don’t feel like the economy or our political system are working for them,” Clinton said Saturday. “I’m determined to bring our country together and make our economy work for everyone, not just those at the top. Because we really are ‘stronger together.’”
And in other, related news, the AP pulled another “Boehner” when it folded, saying it has deleted a tweet saying “Clinton regrets calling Trump supporters `basket of deplorables.’ She referred to half.” AP added that “a new tweet is upcoming”, although now that Clinton regrets calling even half of Trump supporters “deplorable” it was not immediately clear the final number of deplorable supporters is.
AP deleted a tweet saying Clinton regrets calling Trump supporters `basket of deplorables.’ She referred to half. A new tweet is upcoming.
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 10, 2016