Message to Donald J. Trump and his campaign surrogates:
“Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.”
Last Friday evening (September 9), Hillary Clinton accurately described Trump’s campaign supporters in rather near poetic fashion when she said, to applause and laughter, “You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.”
A few nanoseconds later, the shit was in the fan. The media, Trump, the Trump campaign surrogates, Trump supporters (and probably even Vladimir Putin) all came together in a cumulative “deplorable” lambast. Clinton later walked the comments back a notch when she suggested that she shouldn’t have used the word “half” because it might not have been precisely accurate, but doing so didn’t buy her much relief from the faux outrage. And while it’s undoubtedly true that the word “half” — i.e. exactly 50% — is clearly not definitively posited by national (statistically precise) polling data, . . . well, suffice to say that even though it was grossly generalistic, it probably wasn’t really THAT far off.
So I decided to look into it. First, the pot calls the kettle black when Trump announces that “Hillary Clinton still hasn’t apologized to those she slanders.” Trump hasn’t either, of course, but that moot little point is apparently of no consequence, given that Donald Trump Wasted No Time in Defending His ‘Basket Of Deplorables.’ Not a big surprise, really. “Deplorables” are like that. Usually.
Next up, a “brief” peek at a fair number of current “revelations” that a fair number of Trump’s well known and familiar vocalizers have revealed, revelations that do, indeed, drop them into that “deplorable” trap — and for a far wider variety of reasons than just those noted by Hillary. In most cases, the titles speak for themselves; underneath some, however, are my own brief comments, while underneath others are quotes from inside the linked article itself that demonstrate the deplorable nature of . . . etc. But all together, the point is clarified and driven home as if by spikes driven through one’s hand and into a wooden cross: Hillary’s grossly generalistic hypothesis was damn close to being spot-on correct.
Matt Parrott, a “founding member” and the chief information officer of the white nationalist Traditionalist Youth Network . . .
“Maybe it’s not the End of History after all, Shalom. And maybe America will follow the leader of every other European nation in history in eventually awakening from the Jewish spell and driving y’all out. Whether Trump turns out to be the man who rises up from among the people to drive you out of power, what’s been demonstrated is that our human nature hasn’t been fundamentally transformed. White Americans are actually reviving their spirit of racial pride, bucking the Jewish plan for them, and growing immune to the usual enticements and enforcements.”
— Problem obvious, also predictable.
— Problem obvious, also predictable. Religious “freedom” = bigotry, not “freedom.”
— Alt-right “Alternative voices” proudly include, of course, white supremacists, et al.
The only thing more ironic than Donald Trump complaining about Hillary Clinton’s criticism of the “deplorables” who support his candidacy is Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council pointing to her comments as proof that liberals are mean-spirited and “narrow-minded.” Perkins, who was speaking on Fox Business News, even hinted about Clinton possibly imprisoning her opponents.
“After 9/11, we’ve allowed in 2 million Muslims into the United States, many of whom don’t embrace American ideals, they continue to embrace Islamic Sharia law ideals, and they intend to foist them on the rest of us in the United States. They don’t understand what it means to become an American and to embrace American values because Islamic Sharia laws are antithetical to American values. This is something that Donald Trump gets. He gets the border, he gets American values, he’s not ashamed to stand for American values and he’s willing to call out the haters that hate the United States of America. We are so blessed that we have this man as our candidate this time around.”
“I’m allowed to have my feelings, right, wrong, or indifferent,” Pitner told the news station. “Here you are. Got your attention, didn’t it?”
— It’s the gubmint trying to take over! Something like that, “. . . because weather weapons are real,” and “What you’re watching is a nation under siege.”
— “We no longer have freedom of religion in America,” Joyner stated. “We no longer have freedom of speech in America.” Russia hate queers, i.o.w. Putin is great, ain’t he! Homophobia anyone?
— Homophobia rules!
— . . . speaking of homophobia.
On a recent episode of his radio show, avid Trump supporter David Duke and his co-host Jay Hess expressed some of their concerns about a Hillary Clinton presidency. Very serious concerns, of course, that she may want to genocide all the white people.
According to Duke and Hess, Clinton is a race traitor who does not care that white people are being “outbred,” which is their primary fear as it relates to immigrants coming to America. . . .
Duke says: “When a person goes to the store, they go to the mall, or they drive somewhere in their car and they break down, or they stop at a traffic light and they might get hijacked, nine times out of ten it’s not gonna be some white guy hijacking their car. It’s not gonna be a white guy kidnapping them at the Walmart, right? And, you know, taking their family and slaughtering them, or robbing them or raping the women. That’s just the reality of life in this country.”
Bevin recounted a story from his college days about how he confronted a professor who he said mocked Christianity, the way liberals always do: “They try to silence us. They try to get us to shut our mouths. They try to embarrass us. Don’t be embarrassed. We were not redeemed to have a spirit of timidity.” He urged young people, “Be bold. There’s enough Neville Chamberlains in the world. Be a Winston Churchill…There are quite enough sheep already. Be a shepherd.”
(. . .)
“Somebody asked me yesterday, I did an interview and they said, “Do you think it’s possible, if Hillary Clinton were to win the election, do you think it’s possible that we’ll be able to survive? That we would ever be able to recover as a nation? And while there are people who have stood on this stage and said we would not, I would beg to differ. But I will tell you this: I do think it would be possible, but at what price? At what price? The roots of the tree of liberty are watered by what? The blood, of who? The tyrants to be sure, but who else? The patriots. Whose blood will be shed? It may be that of those in this room. It might be that of our children and grandchildren. I have nine children. It breaks my heart to think that it might be their blood that is needed to redeem something, to reclaim something, that we through our apathy and our indifference have given away.”
After declaring that he wants to “send Roe v. Wade to the ash heap of history where it belongs,” something Trump has promised to do with his Supreme Court appointments, Pence boasted of his own record opposing abortion rights and ran down a litany of anti-choice policies that a Trump White House would champion.
“The days of public funding for Planned Parenthood are over when a Trump-Pence administration arrives in Washington, D.C.,” he said, referring to Trump’s proposal to veto any funding for Planned Parenthood unless the group vows to do away with its abortion services.
Hillary Clinton’s comments over the weekend about the “deplorables” who support Donald Trump have resulted in some deliciously ironic criticism from Trump and some of his supporters. Among the Trump supporters slamming Clinton was Robert Jeffress, a pastor with a long record of anti-gay, anti-Mormon and anti-Catholic rhetoric, who accused Clinton of “hate speech” and “intolerance.”
“I tell you, it reveals the hypocrisy of liberalism, and that is liberals who cry loudest for tolerance are usually the most intolerant people in the world when it comes to ideas with which they disagree,” Jeffress told conservative radio host Mike Gallagher today. “I mean, think about it, according to Clinton you’re a racist if you believe in secure borders, you’re xenophobic if you believe people ought to only be in this country legally and you’re homophobic if you believe in traditional marriage. The fact is, Hillary Clinton is exhibit A of intolerance and her comments Friday were nothing but hate speech.”
And here are four more — enlightening (and obliterating) links to those “deplorables” — i.e. ‘revelations’ that Trump sees as “real Americans,” but which anyone with a functioning brain sees as “deplorables,” aka those whose irrational hate and fear know no Bounds: Trump supporters thereby defined, i.o.w.
OK, so yes, I know that’s not all twenty million (or whatever the number) links to that grossly generalistic . . . half of Trump’s supporters aka the basket of deplorables that are out there running free, but it’s a collection that probably represents most of them in one way or another.
Fortunately for the sane remaining among us, however, a handful of voices have emerged from the Trumpissta cacophony of outrage, and have actually begun to clarify the realities that those of sound mind have recognized since the word “deplorables” first made media contact. Here are three of them (rather amazing, when you think of it) that are willing to hint that there was a substantial current of truth and reality embedded in HRC’s remarks:
. . . Was Hillary Clinton being truthful or not?
Much like Trump’s alleged opposition to the Iraq War, this not an impossible claim to investigate. We know, for instance, some nearly 60 percent of Trump’s supporters hold “unfavorable views” of Islam, and 76 percent support a ban on Muslims entering the United States. We know that some 40 percent of Trump’s supporters believe blacks are more violent, more criminal, lazier, and ruder than whites. Two-thirds of Trump’s supporters believe the first black president in this country’s history is not American. These claim are not ancillary to Donald Trump’s candidacy, they are a driving force behind it.
When Hillary Clinton claims that half of Trump’s supporters qualify as “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic,” data is on her side.
And here is a further pair of journalistic summations that clearly do NOT confirm a sizeable error in HRC’s “half of Trump’s supporters” [are] “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it” statement, but instead point out that she pretty much hit the nail on the head (sotospeak). First, from Charles Pierce:
“We graded Republicans on a intellectual curve when they embraced a fundamentalist splinter of American Protestantism and brought themselves to a pass in which they are the 21st Century Know Nothings. They have followed movement conservatism to the point where they can ignore science and promote creationism and supply side economic foolishness simply because they can sell it to the same audiences that gobble up the red meat that’s been marinating since George Wallace ran for president. Because they are graded on a curve, they can still claim to be shocked when the purist product of all of that work hijacks the nomination and gives the entire game away. Of course, Trump has been graded on a curve. If the electorate hadn’t graded modern conservatism on an intellectual curve, it would’ve flunked out of Human College decades ago.”
And then courtesy of Dana Milbank in the WaPo:
Hillary Clinton may have been unwise to say half of Donald Trump’s supporters are racists and other “deplorables.” But she wasn’t wrong.
If anything, when it comes to Trump’s racist support, she might have low-balled the number.
(. . .)
Research by Washington Post pollsters and by University of California at Irvine political scientist Michael Tesler, among others, have found that Trump does best among Americans who express racial animus. Evidence indicates fear that white people are losing ground was the single greatest predictor of support for Trump — more, even, than economic anxiety.
Few people embrace the “racist” label, so let’s help them. If you are “very enthusiastic” about a candidate who has based his campaign on scapegoating immigrants, Latinos and African Americans, talked of banning Muslims from the country, hesitated to disown the Ku Klux Klan and employed anti-Semitic imagery — well, you might be a racist. But if you are holding your nose and supporting Trump only because you think him better than Clinton, that doesn’t put you in the basket.
Personally, I have absolutely no problem with the notion that not only Trump himself, but also his surrogates and his supporters along with the entire of the Republican Party have been, for literally decades, burdened by racism, by bigotry, and by irrational phobias based on virtually any “non-white or non-Christian” headline popping up anywhere in the country. Or beyond, for that matter. And while it may be true that not all Republican candidates share each and all the listed “deplorable” fears, the fact remains that for Republicans, that’s where the votes are, and right ‘over there’ stands that giant herd of cows demanding to be milked. The result is that racists, bigots, xenophobes, homophobes, islamophobes, religious zealots, immigrant haters and Border Wall advocates will each and all congregate with the political voice that responds to any one or all of those biases, those fears, those phobias.
And that, sadly, is the best description of Donald Trump I can come up with. He’s the one who, via his campaign performances, has discovered the means of milking those cows — that basket of deplorables . . . those racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic voters out there — all those people like that. And he has lifted them up.
“Deplorable” is clearly the operative word, the word that best describes the Trump campaign AND the Republican Party which backs and supports it/him.
“I understand that he has an Islamic girlfriend that is his fiancée and that this has changed him, has taken on some different political views along the way, this is activism that is sympathetic to ISIS.”
There it is. Racism, bigotry, xenophobia, and Islamophobia all wrapped up in the attitude of a single Republican Congressman, a Tea Party Trump supporter.
The “Basket of deplorables”
Quod Erat Demonstrandum.
And, Hair Furor, remember this:
“Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.”