REPORT: The ugly, elitist backstory behind Hillary Clinton’s ‘basket of deplorables’


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It’s hard to imagine, now that Donald Trump is president, but there was a time, a less genuine time to be sure, when politicians didn’t just say things. They scripted things. Messaging often went through advisers, editors, and often focus groups before making it to the candidate’s lips.

Less than two months before Election Day, Hillary Clinton gave a speech at an LGBT fundraiser in New York City. Breaking down the electorate she said, “you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables.” It wasn’t a gaffe. It wasn’t slip of the tongue. It was a scripted line, that New York Times reporter Amy Chozick reports, was developed over glasses of chardonnay.

The article goes on to state the following:

In her new book, Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling, Chozick details how the Clinton public relations assembly line went haywire. And it is ugly.

Campaign Manager Robby Mook split the opposition into three groups: 1) “Republicans who hated her, 2) Voters “who feel that the government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them,” and 3) “The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic.”

Clinton and company packaged that last group up and put them in a basket, a basket of deplorables.

“The Deplorables always got a laugh, over living-room chats in the Hamptons, at dinner parties under the stars on Martha’s Vineyard, over passed hors d’oeuvres in Beverly Hills, and during sunset cocktails in Silicon Valley,” Chozick writes in the book.

“‘I really messed up,’ [Clinton] told aides that night,” Chozick writes of the evening when Hillary Clinton went public with the “deplorables” line at a fundraiser in New York City. Trump supporters grabbed it and proudly turned it into their own rallying cry in support of the candidate they then elected to serve in the Oval Office.

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