I’m not sure what the big fuss is about Hillary Clinton’s remarks about Donald Trump’s supporters being a “basketful of deplorables.” If you take the time to look through the basket of people supporting Donald Trump, you will find criminals, rapists, white supremacists, and maybe a few misguided folks.
It isn’t a secret that the alt-right supports Trump, along with your traditional racist elements like the KKK, and the few living Dixiecrats who left the Democratic Party after Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act.
If I was Hillary Clinton, I wouldn’t have apologized for the comments that she prefaced as being a bit generalized. It is no secret that the worst people in America have lined up behind Donald Trump, including former KKK leaders like David Duke who is running for a Senate seat here in Louisiana.
Yes, former KKK leader and still very much racist David Duke is trying to hitch his wagon to the Trump campaign. Here are his remarks from earlier this year.
“I’m not saying I endorse everything about Trump, in fact I haven’t formally endorsed him,” Duke continued.
“But I do support his candidacy, and I support voting for him as a strategic action. I hope he does everything we hope he will do.”
Duke’s comments came the same day that a white nationalist super PAC announced it made calls to every consumer landline in Vermont in support of Trump. The group also supported Trump in Iowa.
A national survey last month found nearly 20% of Trump’s supporters disagreed with the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed Southern slaves during the Civil War, The New York Times reported this week. (Source)
Let’s contrast this with the Republican Party of the 1990s which had the sense to condemn David Duke. Even President Bush inserted himself into a campaign in order to state Duke did not represent the GOP. In 2016, the GOP has been reticent in their opposition to David Duke and the alt-right, because that’s where Trump’s base of support comes from.
The fact that Donald Trump referred to Mexicans as rapists and criminals without outrage from conservatives is proof that the GOP cannot take constructive criticism. Trump supporters can spew the worst hate speech and physically attack protesters (or even cops), yet are outraged that someone would add them to the basket of deplorables. Some of these individuals cyberbully people like Leslie Jones and feminists, but they’re up in arms when one of their leaders gets a lifetime ban from Twitter.
I can’t speak for every Trump supporter, but the ones I know are angry and ill-informed at best, and racist as fuck at the worst. Referring to half of Trump’s base as a “basket of deplorables” is extremely charitable, considering the mountain of evidence against them.