Jonathan Chait: Hillary Was Right About Trump Supporters, Now Please Kindly Shut Up

12-donald-trump-supporters-racism-w710-h473-2xOnly in the insane, “fair and balanced” world that we now live in could one possibly argue that it is offensive to call these people “deplorable.” 

 

Jonathan Chait@New York Magazine (9/12/2016): “Following the classic definition of a gaffe as a politician telling the truth, Hillary Clinton’s comment about Donald Trump’s supporters (“just to 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, Islamophobic — you name it”) was the purest and most classic example. The national media has spent a year and a quarter documenting in exquisite, redundant detail the rabid, anti-intellectual nationalistic bigotry of Trump’s hard-core fanbase. But it has taken Hillary Clinton’s affirmation to transform this by-now-banal observation into a scandal.”

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