Takes ‘de­plorables’ ar­gu­ment for an­other spin

What Clin­ton re­ally thinks

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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.

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