Clin­ton re­grets call­ing Trump back­ers ‘de­plorables’

The Myanmar Times - - World -

DEMO­CRATIC pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Hil­lary Clin­ton, un­der fire for call­ing half of Don­ald Trump’s sup­port­ers “de­plorables”, said she re­gret­ted the re­mark, but in­sisted she would not stop call­ing out “big­otry and racist rhetoric” in the cam­paign.

Ms Clin­ton earned a firestorm of crit­i­cism af­ter she slammed Mr Trump’s vot­ers at a fundraiser late Septem­ber 9 in New York, say­ing, “To just be grossly gen­er­al­is­tic, you could put half of Trump’s sup­port­ers into what I call the bas­ket of de­plorables”.

“The racist, sex­ist, ho­mo­pho­bic, xeno­pho­bic, Is­lam­o­pho­bic – you name it. And un­for­tu­nately there are peo­ple like that. And he has lifted them up,” she said.

Mr Trump, 70, an­grily fired back, call­ing her words “in­sult­ing”. Her com­ments in­stantly went viral, and Ms Clin­ton was the tar­get of a fiery Twit­ter back­lash.

“Last night I was ‘grossly gen­er­al­is­tic’, and that’s never a good idea. I re­gret say­ing ‘half’ – that was wrong,” Ms Clin­ton said.

But she then went on to list a num­ber of “de­plorable” things about the bil­lion­aire Mr Trump.

“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,” she said.

“It’s de­plorable that he’s at­tacked a fed­eral judge for his ‘Mex­i­can her­itage’, bul­lied a Gold Star fam­ily be­cause of their Mus­lim faith and pro­moted the lie that our first black pres­i­dent is not a true Amer­i­can.”

“So I won’t stop call­ing out big­otry and racist rhetoric in this cam­paign.”

She re­it­er­ated many of Mr Trump’s sup­port­ers are “hard-work­ing Amer­i­cans” who feel marginalised.

“I’m de­ter­mined to bring our coun­try to­gether and make our econ­omy work for ev­ery­one, not just those at the top,” she said. –

Photo: AFP

Ms Clin­ton says she wants the econ­omy to work for all.

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