Last week Hillary Clinton made a claim that over half of Trump’s supporters belonged in a “basket of deplorables”. The comment has led to a heated exchange of opinions not just between Trump and Clinton but among political affiliates from both Democratic and republican parties.
Trump responded to Clinton’s comments at an Iowa rally where he praised his supporters as being hard working American citizens rather than deplorables as Clinton claimed. His supporters were on his side as many of them made banners and t-shirts supporting. One of them even went on to claim that Clinton’s comments insinuate that she looks at voters as dumb people who can’t make their own decisions and ended by claiming that she looks down upon them.
Clinton’s comments stated that Trump’s supporters consisted of people who were racist, sexist, homophobic and islamophobic. She later clarified that she regretted saying over “half of his supporters” but stuck by her point that the GOP gives voice to hateful “views and voices”. By putting the hard working American patriots twist on it, Trump seems to be following in the footsteps of former presidential nominee, Mitt Romney. However, this could easily turn on Trump as white supremacists like former KKK leader, David Duke, and other hate groups praising the GOP candidate
Various people including Republican operative Liz Mair, have sided with Clinton on the matter and emphasized that Clinton’s comments were in fact true. Others are pointing out that Trump has said lot worse things when it comes to women, minorities, immigrants and more. Many are worried that Trump’s supporters consist of white supremacists and other hate groups.
On the flipside, some people remain supportive of Trump. His running mate, Mike Pence, was asked earlier in the week if he would consider David Duke as a “deplorable”, and Pence refused claiming that he “wasn’t in the name calling business”. This includes Rob Gleason, Chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party, and Republican operative Ryan Williams. However, even these figures aired a word of caution saying that not condemning David Duke is a mistake. Williams went on to say that people like Duke are deplorable but a majority of Trump supporters are not. It is unclear how far the debate will reach as Trump tries to connect with minority groups in order to stand a chance in the race.