In de­fense of the ‘de­plorables’

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Jon Ket­zner, Cum­ber­land

Hil­lary Clin­ton has cat­e­go­rized Don­ald Trump’s sup­port­ers as ei­ther crypto-fas­cist racists or low-life losers with an un­der­in­formed re­sent­ment to­ward es­tab­lish­ment swells (“Trump, in Bal­ti­more, calls Clin­ton’s ’de­plorable’ re­mark dis­qual­i­fy­ing,” Sept. 12).

Prob­a­bly the big­gest bas­ket of Trump sup­port­ers is made up of knowl­edge­able, hard­work­ing, pa­tri­otic Amer­i­cans who find de­plorable the no­tion of vot­ing for a hor­rid, pompous, cor­rupt, ve­nal, para­noid, un­der­achiev­ing, mirth­less, un­charis­matic, dy­nas­tic fraud who, if she had not mar­ried Bill Clin­ton, would maybe have be­come the first woman pres­i­dent of the Ro­tary Club in Skokie, Ill.

Ms. Clin­ton’s vaunted re­sume is a litany of fail­ure and medi­ocrity, her feigned em­pa­thy for the less for­tu­nate so cyn­i­cally in­au­then­tic that it drips with con­tempt, her avarice so shame­less that she al­most wears it as a badge of honor and her es­trange­ment from truth-telling so tor­tured that she eas­ily matches Mr. Trump’s men­dac­ity.

So no, Ms. Clin­ton, the great swath of folks who will not be vot­ing for you this Novem­ber are nei­ther Klan mem­bers nor mouth-breath­ing sim­ple­tons. They are, in fact, real Amer­i­cans who pas­sion­ately de­plore the idea that you and your hound­dog of a hus­band might re­turn to the White House.

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