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'Basket of Deplorables'? What Happened to Hillary the Uniter?

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton insulted a huge swath of the American public on Friday after she for months portrayed herself as a “uniter” and bashed Trump for his “name-calling rhetoric.”

Speaking at a big-ticket fundraiser in New York City yesterday, Hillary Clinton called half of Trump supporters a “basket of deplorables” because they hold “irredeemable” views on on pretty much everything.

“To just be grossly generalist, you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call ‘the basket of deplorables,’” Clinton told donors gathered at a Manhattan restaurant. “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,” she continued, referencing Trump’s campaign hire of Breitbart News’ Steve Bannon. “He tweets and retweets offensive, hateful, mean-spirited rhetoric.”

Apparently it is a line she has been using behind closed doors for weeks:

https://twitter.com/gdebenedetti/status/774441040082337797

Donald Trump and his son hit back hard on Twitter:

Clinton’s insulting, divisive rhetoric stands in stark contrast to her admirable, unifying remarks at the Democratic National Convention:

“I will be a President for Democrats, Republicans, and independents,” Clinton promised during her Democratic nomination acceptance speech on July 28. “For the struggling, the striving and the successful. For those who vote for me and those who don’t. For all Americans together.”

After living through eight years of “Divider-in-Chief” Barack Obama’s divisive “community organizing,” in which he pitted Americans against each other for political gain, many Americans considered her comments to be a breath of fresh air.

Clinton-the-Uniter also made a point of rejecting Trump’s “name-calling” and “temper tantrums.”

Via Twitchy:

Yet a Clinton spokesman last night on Twitter stood by Clinton’s insulting name-calling:

https://twitter.com/NickMerrill/status/774445592684662784

It is now crystal-clear that Clinton’s vow to be a president “for all Americans together” was about as truthful as her claims about her stupid emails or anything else for that matter. Hillary Clinton, a former acolyte of the original community organizer, who wrote her senior college thesis on socialist radical Saul Alinsky, will continue Obama’s “Divide and Conquer” politics of pitting populations and “interests” against each other based on class, race, ethnicity, and gender.

Update:

“Clinton-the-Uniter” is back.

Via The Hill:

Hillary Clinton on Saturday said she regretted denigrating “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.

“But 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.”

Never mind that she’s been “grossly generalistic” on that point for weeks — not just last night. Never mind that Hillary’s consultants obviously convinced her that her remarks were politically toxic and she needed to back away from them, fast. The real Hillary Clinton is the one who turns her nose down on nearly half the country. Do not doubt that.