Clinton Backs Off Her 'Deplorables' Comment—Sort of

But says 'Trump has built his campaign largely on prejudice and paranoia'
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2016 6:00 AM CDT
Clinton Backs Off Her 'Deplorables' Comment—Sort of
Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Johnson C. Smith University, in Charlotte, NC, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) – In the time-honored tradition of political apologies for things said at donor events, Hillary Clinton is backing away from the "basket of deplorables" comment she made Friday about Donald Trump supporters—but only so much, reports Politico. “Last night I was ‘grossly generalistic,’ and that's never a good idea. I regret saying ‘half’—that was wrong," Clinton said in a statement. But then she came back swinging: "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. It's deplorable that Trump has built his campaign largely on prejudice and paranoia and given a national platform to hateful views and voices, including by retweeting fringe bigots with a few dozen followers and spreading their message to 11 million people."

"I won't stop calling out bigotry and racist rhetoric in this campaign," she continued, but added that, "many of Trump's supporters are hard-working Americans who just don’t feel like the economy or our political system are working for them." Trump wasted no time in firing back, calling Clinton's comments "the worst mistake of the political season" and a "grotesque attack on American voters," adding that she had showed "bigotry and hatred for millions of Americans" and, per the AP, that she is "incapable to serve as President of the United States." Mediaite has the full context of Clinton's original comments here. (Apparently both Trump and Clinton are free to murder people, according to Trump.)

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