5 ‘Deplorables’ That Trump’s Campaign Has Emboldened
When Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton stated at a fundraiser that “half of Trump supporters” could be put into a “basket of deplorables…racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic…” GOP nominee Donald Trump was quick to take offense to the claim.
“The disdain that Hillary Clinton expressed toward millions of Americans disqualifies her from public service,” he retorted. “You cannot run for president if you have such contempt in your heart for the American voter. You can’t lead this nation if you have such a low opinion of its citizens.”
Since the fundraiser, Clinton has said she regrets saying “half,” but otherwise stands by her remarks that Trump’s campaign has emboldened more racist, sexist and homophobic supporters. While the GOP blusters that there is nothing to the theory, here are five stories that show that Clinton is correct, and that the actions and words of the “deplorables” are at a high unseen in this country in decades.
1) A man set fire to a woman in Muslim clothes.
Trump has made ISIS the center of his foreign policy speeches, worked his supporters into a frenzy over “radical Islamic terrorists,” and called for deportation and a religious screening before people are allowed to enter the country. Is it any wonder that violence against Muslims is rising, including attacks on women wearing traditional Islamic clothing or Hijabs?
According to Colorlines, a ”36-year-old woman, described as a dentist from Glasgow, Scotland, was standing outside the Valentino store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan when she felt intense heat. When she looked down, she saw that her shirt was on fire and that a man was withdrawing a lighter from her side. The man reportedly walked away without saying anything. The woman was able to put out the flames, which left a ‘quarter-sized hole’ in her shirt.”
“The assault is being investigated as a hate crime. It happened just one day after Emirjeta Xhelili was charged with a hate crime for attacking two young Muslim mothers and their young children in nearby Brooklyn.”
2) Seconds Amendment defender posts “Black Rifles Matter” sign.
Linc Sample claims he was paying homage to the Black Lives Matter movement when he posted his hand-painted sign, meant to warn of the possibility of an assault weapons ban.
“Linc Sample, the sign’s creator, told NECN on Monday that his work in Boothbay Harbor is about gun rights, not race. He was inspired to post the sign after reading an ad in the local paper that supported a ban on assault weapons,” reports Fox News. “‘That’s really a trigger for me — the assault weapons ban,’ Sample told NECN. Sample said he used ‘Black Rifles Matter’ – a play on ‘Black Lives Matter’ – to make an impact. He said if anything, the Black Lives Matter movement should be ‘flattered’ he used the phrase.”
Yes, because obviously an inanimate object like a gun should be held in higher regard than the lives of people of color.
3) Kentucky Governor calls for “bloodshed.”
And there’s reason to worry about who holds the guns and how they are used, if Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is to be believed. Just a few weeks after Donald Trump made his “second amendment” comments but swore he never meant that anyone should physically harm anyone else, the newly elected GOP governor warned the Values Voter Summit audience that it may be time for a religious revolution to save the country.
“The roots of the tree of liberty are watered by what? The blood. Of who? The tyrants to be sure, but who else? The patriots,” he said. “Whose blood will be shed? It may be that of those in this room. It might be that of our children and grandchildren. I have nine children. It breaks my heart to think that it might be their blood that is needed to redeem something, to reclaim something, that we through our apathy and our indifference have given away. Don’t let it happen.”
4) Trump supporters punching protesters.
Of course we can assume but not prove that the people above support Trump for president. But for a story that definitely shows Trump supporters are being emboldened to bigotry and violence, you only have to look at a recent Trump rally.
“Donald Trump’s Monday evening rally in Asheville, North Carolina, took a violent turn when a man in the crowd slapped multiple protesters who were being removed from the event, reports Huffington Post. “Video captured by ABC News shows a rally attendee physically attacking several protesters as they were escorted out of the arena. According to reporters at the rally, the man who hit the protesters was not removed from the event.”
Trump responded to the incident by arguing that the “dishonest media” won’t point out that the protesters gave them “the finger.”
5) Pence won’t call Duke “deplorable.”
So is the Trump campaign raising up these deplorable people? They very obviously aren’t interesting in condemning them, that’s for sure. When Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence was asked if he considered KKK Grand Wizard David Duke, a Trump supporter, “deplorable,” Pence refused to say yes.
“Donald Trump’s running mate may not want former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke’s backing — but he has refused to call him ‘deplorable,’” reports NBC News. “On Tuesday, following a meeting with House Republicans, Mike Pence reiterated that neither he nor Trump want Duke’s support. ‘But I’m also not going to validate the language Hillary Clinton used to describe the American people,’ Pence said on Tuesday.”
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