Hillary Clinton says she regrets describing rival Donald Trump supporters as a ‘basket of deplorables’.
In a statement Saturday, Clinton said that, ‘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’.
The democratic presidential candidate said she was ‘grossly generalistic’ in her remarks at the LGBT fundraiser in New York Friday where she said that half Trump’s supporters are racist, homophobic, sexist, xenophobic, or Islamophobic and belonged in a ‘basket of deplorables’, she added in the statement, ‘that’s never a good idea’.
But she said she regrets only half of her remarks, emphasizing that it is ‘really deplorable’ that Trump is affiliated with people from the right-winged ‘alt-right movement,’ and that ‘David Duke and other white supremacists see him as a champion of their values’.
With her statement she tweeted: ‘I won’t stop calling out bigotry and racist rhetoric in this campaign.’
The Republican presidential nominee today hit back at her on Twitter tweeting: ‘Wow, Hillary Clinton was SO INSULTING to my supporters, millions of amazing, hard working people. I think it will cost her at the Polls!’
And he later added: ‘While Hillary said horrible things about my supporters, and while many of her supporters will never vote for me, I still respect them all!’
But she bit back at Trump again tweeting in response: ‘Except for African Americans, Muslims, latinos, immigrants, women, veterans – and any so-called ‘losers’ or ‘dummies’
Trump’s family, friends and supporters were also quick to jump to his defense.
His running mate Mike Pence said Saturday at the Values Voters Summit in Washington that Clinton’s comments should be ‘denounced in the strongest possible terms’.
He said that Trump supporters are ‘not a basket of anything’, adding, they are ‘members of every class of this country who know that we can make America great again’.
Pence said, ‘the men and women who support Donald Trump’s campaign are hard-working Americans: Farms, coal miners, teachers, veterans, members of our law enforcement community’.
And his son Eric Trump also took to Twitter writing: ‘Look at the #BasketOfDeplorables in Pensacola Florida last night! What a horrible statement. #CrookedHillary’.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail
Reuters, Michelle Curran