Days of Change

Deplorable | September 10, 2016

Hillary Clinton made a remark about Trump voters falling into two equal “baskets.” One was the disgruntled, hard working Americans who felt government had let them down and made their lives worse. The other half were a “basket of deplorables” filled with racists, sexists, internet trolls and otherwise horrible people.

Deplorable means either having low quality, deserving of condemnation, or both. Some of the Hillbots out there are trying to say that since Clinton said these things out in the open, it is not as bad as the infamous Mitt Romney 47% comments. This is not exactly true. Regardless of audience, The message about political adversaries seems very different.

Romney was essentially saying that there is about 47% of the electorate who was a net receiver of government money and that the Democrats catered to them. Now, some of that group receives Social Security or Unemployment or something that was paid into. It doesn’t matter, because the Democrats always use the lie line that Republicans are going to take away your Social Security. What this actually says is that there are a lot of people who would rationally choose Democrats if their financial support was based on government.

Clinton, on the other hand, talked about half of the Donald Trump base of support being “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic.” Going by the polls, she is saying that 23% of the voting population is bigoted about Blacks, women, gays, Muslims and different people in general. I think too much of the outage is falling into her overestimating the negative portions of Trump’s support. I’m more interested in her definition.

For example, if racist means believing police do a good job almost all of the time, then it probably is half of Trump’s support. If sexist and homophobic means not letting male sexual predators use women’s rest rooms, then half may be an underestimate. If Islamophobic means not supporting importing thousands of “refugees” to the US where they don’t want to be and will only be able to socialize with radicals, that’s almost all of Trump’s voting base

I think Clinton is failing at putting together a coalition of the corrupt and the butthurt large enough to win her the election. What she said the other day is only going to make Republicans more resolute.


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  1. I hear you. Even I was feeling more trumpian after her remarks. Deplorable, seriously,? For what, being Americans? On the other hand,.I’ve read the alt right and they are indeed deplorable.

    Comment by insanitybytes22 — September 10, 2016 @ 9:06 pm

    • There’s usually a point in a campaign where candidates try to get disgruntled voters from the other party. Romney made some attempts to court Obama voters tired of him. McCain tried hard to get PUMAs to vote for him over Obama.

      I think Hillary is trying to drive a wedge between Trump supporters and the people who grudgingly support Trump. I think this is backfiring, because it shows Republicans that even if they don’t like Trump, the Democrats see every Republican as a dumb, crazy bigot. Who wants to vote Hillary knowing that?

      Comment by 1539days — September 10, 2016 @ 9:31 pm

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