Saturday, September 10, 2016

Trump supporters 'deplorable'? Numbers don't lie

Posted By on Sat, Sep 10, 2016 at 12:02 PM

PAID FLACKERY: Trump retainer Sarah Huckabee thinks Hillary Clinton should be disqualified for telling the truth.
  • PAID FLACKERY: Trump retainer Sarah Huckabee thinks Hillary Clinton should be disqualified for telling the truth.

Trump supporters
are trying to work up a victimhood whine after a Hillary Clinton description of a segment of his support base as deplorable. It's a losing proposition.

Clinton's quote to supporters Friday night:

You know, just to be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The 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…He tweets and retweets their offensive hateful mean-spirited rhetoric.
Republicans have been spinning nonstop trying to make something of this. Mark Myers, a Hutchinson administration official and Republican apologist (but I repeat myself), tried to liken this comment to Mitt Romney's airy putdown of the "47 percent." Sarah Huckabee, a paid stooge for Trump was proudly retweeted by her papa, the Florida tax exile, saying,  "The American people are not deplorable...."

Well, of course many American people are deplorable.  The dictionary says the words mean "deserving of strong condemnation."

In my book, being racist, sexist, homophobic or Islamaphobic — words that demonstrably described many of Trump's utterances that have been loudly cheered by many of his supporters — is deplorable. (I suspect Huckster thinks I'm deplorable, along with liberals in general.)

But let's go to the numbers, thanks to Think Progress, which has rounded up some mathematic evidence of deplorable Trump supporters. In various samples:

* 65 % think President Obama is a Muslim.

* 59% think President Obama wasn't born in the U.S.

* 31% support banning homosexuals from the U.S.

* 16% think whites are a superior race.

* 20% think President Lincoln shouldn't have signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

I suspect there's more. But I'd say it puts Hillary on pretty solid ground. And we haven't even gotten around to polling on Trump calling women fat pigs with blood coming out of their orifices. Or calling Mexicans a bunch of rapists. Or calling for judges who'd restore laws against same-sex marriage.

That is a basket of deplorable stuff if ever there was one.


Tags: , , ,

Favorite

Speaking of...

Comments (40)

Showing 1-40 of 40

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-40 of 40

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

Visit Arkansas

Indian Rock House at Fairfield Bay

Indian Rock House at Fairfield Bay

Winter is the perfect time to explore the natural stone shelters where native Arkansans once lived

Most Viewed

  • Puss 'n' boots: Women on the march in Arkansas and D.C.

    The Progressive Women of Arkansas call for participation in Saturday's post-inaugural march and for support of progressive women candidates Arkansas. For my part, I'm contributing a knit hat to the day's events.
  • Call for support for state archives UPDATE

    Fallout continues from the 2016 legislature's move of the Arkansas History Commission, and neutering of the agency's governing board, to the Stacy Hurst-led Department of Arkansas Heritage.
  • Every picture tells a story: Obama and Trump

    A grateful nation bids farewell to Barack Obama. An unimpressed nation looks ahead to Donald Trump.
  • Obama commutes Chelsea Manning's sentence

    President Obama included the shortening of the 35-year sentence given Chelsea Manning for delivering classified U.S. information to WikiLeaks, including video of a U.S. helicopter attack on Iraqi civilians.
  • Poore announces school closure plans in Little Rock

    With a healthy number of unhappy school district residents on hand, Little Rock School Superintendent Michael Poore announced today his plans for closure of school facilities said to be required to balance the budget as state desegregation aid ends and enrollment drops with movement of students to charter and other schools.

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation