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The stock market tanked this past Friday on fears that the Fed might raise interest rates (coincidentally, even while Donald Trump was being pilloried by liberals for suggesting that the Fed had helped create a false economy that uses low interest rates to artificially inflate the stock market). But if you’re looking for an investment that’s likely to pay off big time, I might suggest buying stock in companies that make “Basketful of Deplorables” T-shirts. I expect those are about to become huge sellers.
Hillary Clinton is backpedaling from her comment at a private, star-studded, high-dollar fundraiser, in which she said half of Donald Trump’s supporters are in what she considers a “basket of deplorables” that includes racists, sexists, homophobes and xenophobes; and “that’s not America.” In other words, she believes that a quarter of all Americans oppose Obama/Clinton policies out of only the most vile and deplorable motives, and she views them with such contempt that she doesn’t even consider them Americans. This from a woman who just last week tweeted, “The last thing we need is a president who brings more name-calling and temper tantrums to Washington.”
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Hillary quickly issued a classic non-apology “apology” that didn’t take back her condescending and baseless insult, but stated, "Last night I was 'grossly generalistic,' and that's never a good idea. I regret saying 'half' -- that was wrong.” What does that mean exactly? That not quite half of Trump supporters are deplorable and un-American? Or that all of them are? Could you give us an exact number; say, 79.3%? If she holds that low an opinion of so many Americans, I'm surprised she would want to lower herself enough to lead us.
I think it’s obvious that what she really regrets is that her true feelings about working Americans who don’t support her was made public. It was supposed to be a private comment made in a cozy roomful of peers she feels comfortable enough to express herself freely in front of: Wall Street billionaires, Hollywood limousine liberals, Barbra Streisand – you know, “real Americans.” Somehow, it got out, the “rubes” like us heard it, and now she has to stoop to doing damage control. Notice that none of her wealthy supporters at the fundraiser seemed offended by her majesty’s arrogant slur of the peasants. It’s right in line with Bill’s mocking suggestion that coal workers don’t support her because they’re just paranoid and irrational (and not because she openly vowed to destroy their industry and put them all out of work).
For all the talk about Trump’s gaffes, this may be the biggest political blunder of 2016. Trump has been attacked (often unfairly, by misquoting him or taking him out of context) for his comments about Putin or Mexico or NATO, but never for attacking vast numbers of fellow Americans. It’s obvious that Trump loves America and respects working Americans. He was ridiculed mercilessly for saying, “I love the poorly-educated.” But at least he didn’t accuse people who oppose him of being poorly-educated, racist, sexist, homophobic and xenophobic, and then express utter disdain for them.
The media are already launching into full-tilt “Protect Hillary” mode ("Code Red Pantsuit!") and accusing Republicans of overplaying this story. Well, too bad: it ain’t going away. If Hillary didn’t want us to know what she really thinks of us, she shouldn’t have lifted the curtain and shown us the ugly truth. That’s why I expect, in the grand American tradition of wearing ridicule proudly and throwing it back in the attacker's face, that there will soon be tens of millions of Americans displaying T-shirts, signs, posters and coffee cups reading, “Proud member of the Basket of Deplorables!”