Did Hillary Clinton’s slowly sinking presidential prospects finally submerge on Friday night?
At a fundraiser with New York City elites, Hillary Clinton lashed out at one-quarter of Americans, tossing them into a “basket of deplorables” supporting Donald Trump.
“To just be grossly generalistic, you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables,” Clinton said, according to CNN. “Right? Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it.”
She added, “And unfortunately, there are people like that and he has lifted them up. He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people, now have 11 million. He tweets and retweets offensive, hateful, mean-spirited rhetoric.”
Clinton deemed that half of Trump’s supporters — or in other words, one-quarter of Americans — “irredeemable” and “not America.”
Is her moment of candor and attempt to suck up to Manhattan donors her “47%” moment?
That, of course, was when Mitt Romney dismissed a large portion of Americans that he claimed he could never get to support him.
In 2012, NBC provided a transcript of his statement:
Well, there are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right? There are 47% who are with him. Who are dependent upon government, who believe that– that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they’re entitled to healthcare, to food, to housing, to you name it. But that’s– it’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what.
And– and– I mean the president starts off with 48%, 49%, 40– or he– he starts off with a huge number. These are people who pay no income tax. 47% of Americans pay no income taxes. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect. And he’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean that’s what they sell every– every four years.
And– and so my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for for their lives. What I have to do is convince the 5% to 10% in the center that are independents, that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or the other depending upon in some cases emotion.
Is Clinton’s statement anything more than just another example of elites talking down — and dismissing — average Americans?