Appealing to a basket of deplorables…

“You know, to just 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, Islamaphobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up. He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people — now 11 million. He tweets and retweets their offensive hateful mean-spirited rhetoric. Now, some of those folks — they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America.” –Hillary Clinton, Sept 9 2016
An interesting and bizarre rhetoric of the US election: Clinton is not completely crushing Trump in the polls because SHE is doing something wrong or blah blah blah. Somehow, magically, it is not that people are actually really truly CHOOSING to express support for him. Sure, we all see the polls that show us how racist people are, we understand how misogynist the country is (the GOP didn’t start trying to crush Planned Parenthood just as a fun hobby), sure we see all the Islamophobia, the homophobia, the transphobia (Bathroom Bills, anyone?). But nope, it’s because Clinton is failing.
Please explain to me how you feel she could better appeal to the bigots? Because Trump’s supporters are bigots. Some are loud and avowed and proud bigots. Some are silent bigots pretending that they’re not because they do understand that there are those who think that bigotry is bad; they don’t want to be labelled as bigots, but by gods, they do NOT want to stop being bigots and have to live in a country overrun by thems heathen Muslims and with some woman pushing the button by accident when she has a hot flash.
But yes, do continue with the rhetoric of how ‘badly’ Clinton is doing by not appealing to those who have intentionally willfully chosen Trump.
If you take a look at one of the biggest sweeps in US history, it was when those on the left fell for the alleged folksy appeal of movie star Ronald Reagan and voted for him in incredible numbers. THAT is when you see huge changes in numbers: when those who lean left think that maybe, just maybe, this guy on the right won’t be completely dangerous. Those on the right ALWAYS think that those on the left will be dangerous; you see a sea-change when they become terrified that the guy on the right is actually too dangerous to let loose on the government. Hence, for all the argument that Clinton is not appealing to the voter base…everyday we see Republicans announcing that they are supporting her over Trump.

If the media tried reporting facts rather than feelings and faux ‘both-side-erisms’ y’all might have a very different take on this election. You might see that Clinton isn’t failing by not appealing to ‘the other side’: it’s that a basket of deplorables isn’t actually ashamed of being deplorable. They’re right where they want to be; champing at the bit, desperate for a shot to be in charge and to wreak damage over those they hate and despite. They’re happy to stand behind the man who says out loud what they are shamed for thinking; he validates their every belief. For Clinton to appeal to them, she too would have to express those beliefs… Clinton isn’t failing by not appealing to them. Clinton is staying the course.

And, for the record, this is how Clinton continued the ‘basket of deplorables’ speech:

“But the other basket — and I know this because I see friends from all over America here — I see friends from Florida and Georgia and South Carolina and Texas — as well as, you know, New York and California — but that other basket of people are people who feel that the government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them, nobody worries about what happens to their lives and their futures, and they’re just desperate for change. It doesn’t really even matter where it comes from. They don’t buy everything he says, but he seems to hold out some hope that their lives will be different. They won’t wake up and see their jobs disappear, lose a kid to heroin, feel like they’re in a dead-end. Those are people we have to understand and empathize with as well.”
Keiren
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