Takes ‘deplorables’ argument for another spin
What Clinton really thinks
Hillary Clinton said after the 2016 election that her decision to label many Trump supporters “deplorables” was a “political gift” to Donald Trump.
Apparently, it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Clinton offered some rather unvarnished remarks in India this weekend that sound a lot like her “deplorables” commentary from September 2016.
She played up the states that supported her as more economically advanced than the states that voted for Trump, calling them “dynamic” and “moving forward.”
Then she again suggested Trump supporters were motivated by animosity toward women and people of colour.
“If you look at the map of the United States, there’s all that red in the middle where Trump won,” Clinton said. “I win the coast. I win, you know, Illinois and Minnesota — places like that.
“But what the map doesn’t show you is that I won the places that represent two-thirds of America’s gross domestic product. So I won the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward.”
Then she turned to Trump’s voters: “And his whole campaign — Make America Great Again — was looking backward. You know, you didn’t like black people getting rights; you don’t like women, you know, getting jobs; you don’t want to, you know, see that Indian American succeeding more than you are — you know, whatever your problem is, I’m gonna solve it.”
It’s difficult not to read Clinton’s comments as an argument that her votes were more valuable — or at least more productive — than Trump’s.
Why bring up gross domestic product? Some have suggested Clinton was saying wealthy people’s votes should have counted for more.
Whether you see it that way, she does seem to suggest Trump subsisted on voters who were less sophisticated or advanced.
The final part of her comments above might be the most incendiary, though.
Here she’s again suggesting Trump’s support was, at least in significant part, about racism, misogyny and hatred of immigrants. She seems to say Trump was providing an outlet for these people.
But even the way she describes their alleged racism and sexism is pretty remarkable. It’s one thing to suggest they were perhaps prejudiced, but Clinton says they didn’t even want black people to have civil rights or women to work outside the home.
Hillary Clinton waves as she comes out of the Jodhpur airport upon her arrival in Jodhpur, in Rajasthan state, in India, yesterday.