Hillary Clinton, noting she was being "grossly generalistic" at a New York fundraiser Friday, didn’t have very nice things to say about Donald Trump’s supporters, which numbered 13.3 million in the Republican primaries.
"You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right?" she told the crowd, which reacted with laughter and applause. "The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. And unfortunately, there are people like that.
"And he has lifted them up," Clinton continued. "He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people — now have 11 million. He tweets and retweets their offensive, hateful, mean-spirited rhetoric."
The remarks sent the Trump camp into full attack mode, with campaign spokesman Jason Miller quickly issuing a statement calling Clinton’s actions "deplorable" and characterizing them as a gaffe.
“Just when Hillary Clinton said she was going to start running a positive campaign, she ripped off her mask and revealed her true contempt for everyday Americans,” he said.
“And what’s truly deplorable isn’t just that Hillary Clinton made an inexcusable mistake in front of wealthy donors and reporters happened to be around to catch it, it’s that Clinton revealed just how little she thinks of the hard-working men and women of America.”
Clinton’s campaign pointed out that she has spoken at length about the “alt-right” movement and how its members are using Trump’s campaign to advance an agenda of hate.
“Obviously not everyone supporting Trump is part of the alt-right, but alt right leaders are with Trump,” Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill tweeted. “And their supporters appear to make up half his crowd when you observe the tone of his events.”
Basket Of Deplorables quickly lit up Twitter on Saturday with both sides weighing in with some clever snark and more than a few epic burns.
Deplorable comments by @HillaryClinton at her $250,000 fundraiser w/ elitists. Some of the most vile things I've ever heard from a candidate— Steven Cheung (@CaliforniaPanda) September 10, 2016
Wow, Hillary Clinton was SO INSULTING to my supporters, millions of amazing, hard working people. I think it will cost her at the Polls!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2016