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Clinton: Half of Trump’s supporters fit in ‘basket of deplorables’

The Washington Post logoThe Washington Post 9/10/2016 Abby Phillip
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Hillary Clinton said Friday that “half” of Donald Trump’s supporters could be grouped in “the basket of deplorables” at a fundraising event in New York City.

“You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the 'basket of deplorables'. Right?” Clinton said to applause and laughter from the crowd of supporters at an LGBT for Hillary fundraiser where Barbra Streisand performed. “The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it.”

“And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up,” she added.

Clinton then noted, as she has several times in the past, that Trump has “given voice” to white supremacist and anti-Semitic voices on the Internet.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks to journalists after meeting national security experts in New York on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. © Melina Mara/The Washington Post Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks to journalists after meeting national security experts in New York on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. “He tweets and retweets their offensive hateful mean-spirited rhetoric,” Clinton said. “Now, some of those folks — they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America.”

On Saturday morning, Trump weighed in on Clinton's comments, calling them "so insulting" to his supporters.

"Wow, Hillary Clinton was SO INSULTING to my supporters, millions of amazing, hard working people. I think it will cost her at the Polls!" Trump wrote.

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