Clinton Regrets Calling Trump Supporters ‘Deplorables’
Hillary Clinton expressed “regret” Saturday for saying half of Republican presidential rival Trump’s supporters could be put into a “basket of deplorables.”
Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, said in her apology that she was “grossly generalistic” in criticizing Trump supporters, using that same phrase Friday night when attacking them at a New York fundraiser.
“That’s never a good idea,” she said Saturday.
“Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it,” Clinton said Friday. “There are people like that and he has lifted them up.”
Clinton, in her apology also said: “I regret saying ‘half’ — that was wrong. 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.”
Trump and others roundly criticized the remarks.
“Wow, Hillary Clinton was SO INSULTING to my supporters, millions of amazing, hard-working people” Trump tweeted. “I think it will cost her at the Polls!”