Hillary Clinton did make a few mistakes Friday with this comment slamming Trump supporters: “To just be grossly generalistic, you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables.” She continued, “Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamiphobic, you name it.”
Her first mistake was not adding the line, “And some, I assume, are good people.” After all that is the exact comment Trump used when he maligned Mexican immigrants as being rapists and drug dealers but his supporters had no problem with that.
Her second mistake––as Clinton has acknowledged––was quantifying the percentage of Trump supporters who subscribe to hateful and truly un-American views. It could be five percent or 65 percent––who knows. Of course, given Trump’s history of racism, sexism and bigotry he’s clearly 100 percent deplorable.
But her biggest mistake was not detailing the bigots and racists who are part of Team Trump. The Trump campaign has truly been the WalMart of hate––whatever type you want, he has it. And on some level it appears Trump’s goal is to mainstream bigotry and racism with his embrace of certain extremists, his retweeting of white supremacist tweets, and his refusal to vocally denounce the endorsement of the Klan’s David Duke until a media firestorm erupted.
Clinton should have simply detailed the hate found under the Trump umbrella to see if Americans really wanted to share a seat with them on the Trump train. Here are some examples:
1. White Supremacists: David Duke doesn’t just support Trump in spirit, he recently recorded a robocall to help attract other white supremacists to vote Trump. And other leading white supremacists also love Trump such as Richard Spencer and Jared Taylor who recently told the media “Most white people, whether they say so or not, would prefer to live… in a majority white country but they’re too terrified to say it.”
2. Neo Nazis– The Daily Stormer, one of the leading New Nazi websites is all in for Trump as noted in its article, “We are all Donald Trump now.” When I called out Trump’s failure to denounce the support of this hate website in an article, Daily Stormer editor Andrew Anglin penned an article denouncing me as a “Moslem terrorist.” (I love taunting the bigots!)
3. Anti-Semites – There has been a drumbeat of vile anti-Semitic attacks upon Jewish journalists who have criticized Trump. We are talking Jewish reporters being sent Holocaust imagery such as cartoons of Jews being shot in the head and ovens, calling them at home and playing Hitler speeches and making death threats. It became so alarming that one female Jewish reporter bought a gun to protect her family from Trump’s anti-Semitic fans. And alarmingly, when Trump was asked by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in May if he had a message to his supporters spewing anti-Semitic garbage, he didn’t denounce them. Instead Trump responded, “I don’t have a message to the fans.” (That’s clearly a message: I want your support.)
4. Anti-LGBT: Just this past weekend Trump spoke to his adoring fans at the Value Voters Summit, an event The Advocate notes is “a yearly conference hosted by the homophobic, transphobic Family Research Council. ” This groups despicable goal is preventing gays and lesbians from being treated equally in America as noted on its website: “We oppose the vigorous efforts of homosexual activists to demand that homosexuality be accepted as equivalent to heterosexuality in law, in the media, and in schools.”
5. Anti-Muslim bigots– The queen of Muslim hate, Pam Geller loves her self some Trump as she noted in her article for Breitbart.com, “Trump Is Right, and He Must Win.” For those lucky enough to have not heard of Geller, she has been denounced the Anti Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center for her jihad against Muslims. Same goes for Anti-Muslim activist Frank Gaffney, who apparently is now part of Team Trump.
And there are numerous individuals who formally work on Trump’s campaign or are very public supporters who are also loathsome. For example, former Trump campaign official and current Trump cheerleader Roger Stone has made horribly racist comments about African Americans on Twitter, including calling Roland Martin a “stupid negro” and a “fat negro,” Herman Cain a “mandingo,” and former Rep. Allen West (R-FL) an “arrogant know-it-all negro.”
There’s also Steve Bannon, former editor of the alt-right website Breitbart.com (translation: platform for hate versus minorities) who now serves as Trump’s CEO. And Trump’s apparent debate coach Roger Ailes who was forced out of Fox News after reportedly sexually harassing up to 20 female employees who worked for him. BTW Trump recently defended Ailes against the alleged sexual harassment claims by accusing the women of lying.
I think you get the idea. Clinton should’ve covered those specific groups and people supporting Trump instead of estimating what percentage of Trump supports subscribe to their views. But lets be honest, if you support Trump it does not mean you are a bigot. It does mean, however, you are enabling Trump’s racism, bigotry and sexism.
This is an opinion piece. The views expressed in this article are those of just the author.