“To just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the ‘basket of deplorables,’” Clinton said, according to a recording of her remarks obtained by Variety. “Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it. 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 their offensive, hateful *, mean-spirited rhetoric. Now some of those folks, they are irredeemable, but thankfully, they are not America.”
… We’re gonna need a bigger basket …
* I point out the “hateful” / “hate-filled” conundrum a lot, so I went back and listened closely to what Hillary told her fans. There are two quite different possibilities of things to say about Trump’s tweets:
- We deplore Trump’s tweets because they are “hate-filled.” (I.e., We deplore Trump’s ideas because they are full of hate.)
- We deplore them because they are hateful. (I.e., We are full of hate toward Trump’s ideas.)
If you asked Hillary and her supporters which they mean, they would say the former.
And yet they so often say the latter.
Freud called it a “slip.”
Speaking of Basket Cases …