Trump Praises 'Deplorables' Who Voted For Him Last Year

On Wednesday’s one-year anniversary of his victory in the 2016 election, President Trump took time to thank those who helped put him in the White House.

“Congratulations to all of the ‘DEPLORABLES’ and the millions of people who gave us a MASSIVE (304-227) Electoral College landslide victory!” the president tweeted. He shared a picture showing him with staffers on Air Force One.

USA Today explained that “deplorables” was a term Hillary Clinton used during the campaign to describe Trump’s supporters. In a speech to donors at a fundraising event in September, the Democratic presidential nominee declared: “You know, to just 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, Islamophobic — you name it.”

She continued: “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 describe some of Trump’s fans as “irredeemable” and “not American,” according to CNN. She suggested that those voters were looking for an outsider to bring change to Washington, D.C., because of their financial worries.

The following day, Clinton walked back her comments. “Last night, I was ‘grossly generalistic,’ and that’s never a good idea,” she wrote in a statement. “I regret saying ‘half.’ That was wrong.” However, she defended her claim that “bigotry” was a stain on the Trump campaign.

Clinton made similar allegations during an interview on a television station in Israel. Trump fired back: “Isn’t it disgraceful that Hillary Clinton makes the worst mistake of the political season and instead of owning up to this grotesque attack on American voters, she tries to turn it around with a pathetic rehash of the words and insults used in her failing campaign? For the first time in a long while, her true feelings came out, showing bigotry and hatred for millions of Americans.”

Clinton’s use of the term “deplorables” backfired when Trump’s supporters adopted the intended insult. T-shirts proudly bearing the word appeared at the GOP candidate’s campaign rallies. CNN noted that the reaction was much like what happened in 2008, when Barack Obama complained that many Republican voters were “clinging” to issues such as “guns and religion.” There also was backlash to GOP nominee Mitt Romney in 2012, when a hidden microphone caught him criticizing “47 percent” of Americans.

During last year’s race for the White House, Republican vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence slammed Clinton’s description of Trump backers. “The truth of the matter is that the men and women who support Donald Trump’s campaign are hard-working Americans, farmers, coal miners, teachers, veterans, members of our law-enforcement community, members of every class of this country, who know that we can make America great again,” the former Indiana governor told a crowd of religious conservatives. “Let me just say, from the bottom of my heart, Hillary, they are not a basket of anything. They are Americans and they deserve your respect.”

Source: USA Today, Newsday
Photo: Donald Trump/Twitter

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