The Trump camp’s outrage came in response to comments Clinton made Friday evening while speaking at a fundraiser in New York. “To just be grossly generalistic,” she said, “you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.”
After the line made headlines, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway tweeted to Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill early Saturday that Clinton should issue an apology. Trump himself took umbrage on Twitter several hours later in his typically blustery style.
Wow, Hillary Clinton was SO INSULTING to my supporters, millions of amazing, hard working people. I think it will cost her at the Polls!
Clinton went on to speak more empathetically of the other half of Trump voters — “people who feel that the government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them, nobody worries about what happens to their lives and their futures” — but those remarks received considerably less attention. The Democratic nominee has yet to apologize, and per one analysis from The Washington Post, probably won’t lose any votes if she refuses to do so.
Update 2:23 p.m.: Hillary Clinton issued a brief statement Saturday in which she apologized for saying “half” of Donald Trump’s supporters belong in the deplorable basket. She did not retract her condemnation of Trump’s campaign as a “national platform [for] hateful views and voices.”
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