One definition of a “gaffe” is “getting caught saying what you really mean.” Last night at a fundraiser, Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said something many folks agree with.

“To just be grossly generalistic, you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the ‘basket of deplorables.’ Right? Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it,” she said. “And unfortunately, there are people like that and he has lifted them up … he tweets and retweets offensive, hateful, mean-spirited rhetoric.”

Does anyone see anything there to be argued with? The racist shouts of “He’s a Muslim” when President Obama’s name is mentioned at a rally? The people who absorb Trump’s blatant sexism, Islamophobia, who excuse he retweeting of white nationalist tweets?

What part of that is even up for discussion? If you say racist things, you’re a racist by definition. If you would treat people from other nations like dirt, you are a xenophobe. If you hate Muslims because they are Muslims, you are Islamophobic.

SAY IT, GIRLFRIEND!

But no. The advisors who attend to her every utterance told the former Secretary of State that it was BAD to call a racist a racist, a homophobe a homophobe, etc. and etc. So, she retracted somewhat.

As reported in Talking Points Memo:

Hillary Clinton on Saturday issued a statement saying that she regrets saying that half of Donald Trump’s supporters are in what she called a “basket of deplorables.”

“Last night I was ‘grossly generalistic,’ and that’s never a good idea. I regret saying ‘half’ — that was wrong,” Clinton said in a Saturday afternoon statement.

Oooh! Is she gonna up that number to three-quarters? Sadly, no.

“But let’s be clear, what’s really ‘deplorable’ is that Donald Trump hired a major advocate for the so-called ‘alt-right’ movement to run his campaign and that David Duke and other white supremacists see him as a champion of their values. It’s deplorable that Trump has built his campaign largely on prejudice and paranoia and given a national platform to hateful views and voices, including by retweeting fringe bigots with a few dozen followers and spreading their message to 11 million people,” she said. “It’s deplorable that he’s attacked a federal judge for his ‘Mexican heritage,’ bullied a Gold Star family because of their Muslim faith, and promoted the lie that our first black president is not a true American.”

“So I won’t stop calling out bigotry and racist rhetoric in this campaign,” she continued in the statement. “I also meant what I said last night about empathy, and the very real challenges we face as a country where so many people have been left out and left behind. As I said, many of Trump’s supporters are hard-working Americans who just don’t feel like the economy or our political system are working for them.”

OK. She has come around to thinking that putting the rotten apples of the Trump campaign and supporters into a single basket was a bad idea. At least she’s still pointing out the ideas that fuel the Trump campaign are, in and of themselves, deplorable.

And with that in mind, once again we turn to our friend Stogie Carbuncle with a tune to help explain the news of the day. Click the title to hear the song.

basketdeplorables

IT’S DEPLORABLE
(Music and Original Lyrics by Armando Manzanero)
(Updated Lyrics by Stogie Carbuncle)

It’s Deplorable, to hate people for their race
It’s just Deplorable
It’s Deplorable, punch a black dude in the face
It’s just Deplorable

When you’d stop all immigrations
Based on fear of other nations
Kissing Putin’s a$$ and calling it ice cream,
Oh, how Deplorable

When you holler, lock her up each time she’s named
It’s just Deplorable
When you lack the common sense to be ashamed
It’s just Deplorable

And yet somehow
Mrs. Clinton calls you out and calls you racist,
Not to mention xenophobic and misogynist,
Since you can’t face what you are
It’s just Deplorable

When you can’t see that your hatred is a choice
It’s just Deplorable
When you can’t hear all that anger in your voice
It’s just Deplorable

And yet somehow
When you’re forced to face your hate you blow a gasket
You can’t see you put yourself there in that basket
Since you made the choice to hate
You’re just Deplorable
Deplorable, mmm
Deplorable

  • Anonanides

    Funny but I remember a former editor of this site using racial slurs when talking about a political opponent and using slurs regarding homosexuality as insults to other people. Good thing this website fired the racist, homophobic editor.

    It would truly AMAZING if the former racist and homophobic editor of the past and the new editor that wrote this article under an anonymous name turned out to be the same person.

    • King Leonidas

      Hah. My sword is still red and wet from the blood of trolls.