Hillary Clinton Takes Her ‘Deplorables’ Argument For Another Spin


Hillary Clinton said after the 2016 election that her decision to label many Trump supporters “deplorables” was a “political gift” to President Donald Trump.

Apparently, it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Clinton offered some rather unvarnished remarks in India this weekend that sound a lot like her “deplorables” commentary from September 2016. She played up the states that supported her as more economically advanced than the states that voted for Trump, calling them “dynamic” and “moving forward.” Then she again suggested Trump supporters were motivated by animosity toward women and people of color.

“If you look at the map of the United States, there’s all that red in the middle where Trump won,” Clinton said. “I win the coast. I win, you know, Illinois and Minnesota – places like that.”

She went on: “But what the map doesn’t show you is that I won the places that represent two-thirds of America’s gross domestic product. So I won the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward.”

Then she turned to Trump’s voters: “And his whole campaign – ‘Make America Great Again’ – was looking backward. You know, you didn’t like black people getting rights; you don’t like women, you know, getting jobs; you don’t want to, you know, see that Indian American succeeding more than you are – you know, whatever your problem is, I’m gonna solve it.”

It’s difficult not to read Clinton’s comments as an argument that her votes were more valuable – or at least more productive – than were Trump’s. Why bring up gross domestic product? Some have suggested Clinton was saying wealthy people’s votes should have counted for more. Whether you see it that way or not, she does seem to suggest Trump subsisted on voters who were simply, well, less sophisticated or advanced.

The final part of her comments above might be the most incendiary, though, and it most closely resembles her “deplorables” critique. Here she is again suggesting Trump’s support was, at least in significant part, about racism, misogyny and hatred of immigrants. She seems to say Trump was providing an outlet for these people.

But even the way she describes their alleged racism and sexism is pretty remarkable. It’s one thing to suggest they were perhaps prejudiced, but Clinton says they didn’t even want black people to have civil rights or women to work outside the home. Whatever you think of the modern-day GOP, there simply aren’t a whole lot of Republicans arguing black people shouldn’t have rights – or even telling pollsters this privately. Yet this is the picture Clinton painted of Trump’s support.

Some of Clinton’s defenders will surely defend that picture, but this is not a mainstream argument in the Democratic Party – nor is it a productive one politically. A Washington Post-ABC News poll after her “deplorables” comments found that more than two-thirds of Americans felt it was unfair “to describe a large portion of Trump’s supporters as prejudiced against women and minorities.” Even 47 percent of Democrats said it wasn’t fair.

Exactly what portion of Trump supporters Clinton lumps into the categories she described is unclear. In her initial “deplorables” comments, perhaps her biggest faux pas was appearing to suggest that as much as half of Trump supporters fit into the “baskets of deplorables” – either because they were racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic and/or xenophobic. She later backed off the “half” part but stood by her general sentiment.

And apparently it persists today. She still seems to regard Trump’s base of support as largely consisting of the same “deplorables” she described in 2016.

(c) 2018, The Washington Post · Aaron Blake 



  1. Clinton said. “I win the coast. I win, you know, Illinois and Minnesota – places like that.” She went on: “But what the map doesn’t show you is that I won the places that represent two-thirds of America’s gross domestic product. So I won the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward.”

    Clinton, you became “popular” in the cemeteries in these states and perhaps by some illegal immigrants, but your ‘deplorable’ American did NOT want you because you are evil and heartless with loads of criminal activities, including the Clinton financial money laundering business the biggest scandal in the US history and for all the crime and treason at the FBI and DOJ, according to former CIA officer Kevin Shipp.
    If only about 15% of Americans voted for you legally, how in the world did you expect to win? Nobody wants a President who goes around suiciding people and neither does G-d, obviously. What exactly did you have to offer anyhow? Never would you have been able to accomplish even 5% of what President Trump accomplished the past 15 months. Thank G-d for giving America the greatest President ever. May He continue His Heavenly assistance and protection towards him.

    • What are you smoking? 15% of the vote? Why can’t you accept the facts- Hillary won the popular vote. Not only that, Trump didn’t even win the majority of votes in the GOP primary. HKB”H runs the world, and for some reason wanted Trump to be president (same way He wanted Obama to be president for 8 years, and no matter how improbable it was for him to beat out Hillary in that primary). We just need to daven that it continues to be good for us…..

  2. Your headscarf you got from your friend in Saudi Arabia who gave you billions of dollars before elections in order to manipulate the elections for you did not help you much, did it? (But no investigation from Mueller on this, of course.) This might be another reason you lost the election in a landslide. America was fed up with a Muslim President for 8 years. They didn’t want another one, and a woman at that who had plans to bring in 1.5 million Muslim terrorists into the country as soon as she becomes president.

  3. It should be difficult selling that basket of manure in India, when the US ambassador to the UN just happens to be a WOMAN of INDIAN ethnicity, appointed by President Trump.

  4. Did she make these stupid remarks before or after she fell down the stairs at the Taj Mahal – TWICE!

    Because, if after, that would explain things.

  5. I wish she would just go away or get permanenet laryngitis. She has got to be the sorest loser in history. She is like the Energizer battery she just won’t quit.
    It has been more than a year go suck it up and get a life.

    • You are a racist and anti women. Please don’t spread your vile misogyny over here. Hillary is the smartest woman in the world and she has earned her right to be President of the United States. She will finally bring respect to women all across the world.

  6. since the establishment of or republic there have been about 60 presidential elections. every single one has had a winner and a loser.All the previous losers have been able to go on with their lives except for this nutcase.

  7. bill,please take hillary on a two week vacation. we could all use a break from her. and about you, i know you dont exactly enjoy spending time with her, but its just too bad for you.

  8. You have no proof to what you’re saying. Had you read the New York Times after elections you’d have read that Trump won “over 80%” of the votes – which makes a lot of sense according to the AI pre-election polls!!!! Stein and the other guy won 5%, which leaves Hillary for about 15% max! Of course she won another 30% of illegal and dead votes where she got her “popular votes” but this additional number is only according to Fake News but not in reality. Bekitzur, she lost begadol!


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