September 2016 – WASHINGTON – Hillary Clinton told an audience of donors Friday night that half of Donald Trump’s supporters fall into “the basket of deplorables,” meaning people who are racist, sexist, homophobic or xenophobic. In an effort to explain the support behind Trump, Clinton went on to describe the rest of Trump supporters as people who are looking for change in any form because of economic anxiety and urged her supporters to empathize with them.
“To just be grossly generalistic, you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables,” Clinton said. “Right? Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it.” She added, “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 offensive, hateful, mean-spirited rhetoric.” Clinton went on to say that some of these people were “irredeemable” and “not America.” Trump and his campaign quickly pounced on the remarks. Jason Miller, a Trump spokesman, said in a statement that Clinton “ripped off her mask and revealed her true contempt for everyday Americans.”
Shifting to the other half of Trump supporters, Clinton said many of those people feel like the government doesn’t care about them and who just want change in any form. “That other basket of people are people who feel that 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. They are just desperate for change. Doesn’t really even matter where it comes from.” She continued, “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 who we have to understand and empathize with as well.”
Clinton made the comments before introducing Barbra Streisand at an LGBT fundraiser in downtown New York. According to average ticket prices and attendance figures provided by the campaign, Clinton raised around $6 million at the fundraiser, only the sixth she has opened to press. While she has headlined more than 330 fundraisers as a candidate, her campaign has kept most of these events closed from reporters. Clinton’s comments amount to startlingly blunt talk for a candidate that is usually measured in her assessment of the Republican nominee.
Although Clinton has accused Trump of racism before, she has never explicitly called him a racist. Last month, she delivered a major speech in which she accused Trump of aligning himself with far-right extremists and saying he “built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia.” –CNN
Americans detest Hillary Clinton: There is no reason to get angry at Trump supporters, Hillary. The reality is most Americans don’t like you and there is nothing you can do to change that. According to an August 2016 poll in the Washington Post, 56% of Americans have an unfavorable view of you. According to a June 2016 Fox poll, 60% of Americans think you are lying about emails. And according to a July 2016 Washington Post poll, 56% of Americans think the FBI was wrong in not bringing criminal charges against you for your part in the State Department email fiasco. As a matter of fact, according to an August 25, 2016 Quinnipiac University poll, a full 64% of Trump supporters are voting for him because they dislike Hillary Clinton. She is probably the most disliked presidential candidate in U.S. history.
One can see how strong the antipathy in America is for Hillary Clinton by just looking at social media. And even though the polls in America will have you believe Hillary is in a commanding lead in this election; social media paints a very different picture as glimpsed by general online support and overall popularity. The following is an August 2016 social-media snapshot on the popularity of the two candidates: