United States election: Clinton calls half of Trump supporters 'deplorables'

Trump defended Putin

Although she cautioned her comments were "grossly generalistic", the blunt commentary at a New York City fund-raiser specifically targeted the nebulous alt-right movement that Mr. Trump has courted, whose philosophical leaders in a press conference this week outlined their plans for an ethno-state where Jews might or might not be welcome.

Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence spoke out against Hillary Clinton's description of half of Trump supporters as in 'the basket of deplorables.' "They are not a basket of anything", Pence said on September 10.

Trump added that Clinton was showing "bigotry and hatred for millions of Americans", arguing that she was "incapable to serve as President of the United States". "I was totally against the war in Iraq" he said, pointing to a 2004 interview with Esquire magazine glossing over his comment two years earlier to an interviewer when asked if he supported the invasion, "Yeah, I guess so".

While people do get to play the last card come November 8, those allergic to both Trump and Clinton face a Hobson's choice! Now he says his rival Hillary Clinton could shoot someone in an arena in front of 20,000 people and not be prosecuted. "Those are people we have to understand and empathize with, as well".

At the fundraiser, Clinton bemoaned the people she described as "deplorables", saying "unfortunately there are people like that".

Clinton's campaign was continuing to dig in Saturday morning as outrage swirled over the comment, though surrogates were emphasizing that Clinton was talking about Trump's supporters - people who attend his rallies - and not Trump voters, a larger group, in the eyes of the campaign, that includes more moderate Republicans.

The other basket of Trump's supporters constituted individuals desperate for change who felt let down by the government and the economy, Mrs Clinton added. He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people - now have 11 million.

Clinton made her comments at an LGBT fundraiser in NY late Friday, then walked them back Saturday, saying in a statement that it was "grossly generalistic, and that's never a good idea".

While she has headlined over 330 fundraisers as a candidate, her campaign has kept most of these events closed from the media.

"It's not a serious presidential campaign and it is beyond one's imagination to have a candidate for president praising a Russian autocrat like Vladimir Putin", Clinton told her supporters.

Clinton then pivoted and tried to characterize the other half of Trump's supporters, putting them in "that other basket" and saying they need empathy.

Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill noted a previous speech in which she accused Trump of embracing a brand of USA political conservatism associated with white nationalism and nativism known as the "alt right" movement.

Hillary Clinton argued that the word "deplorable" was reasonable to describe much of Trump's campaign.

Some critics said Clinton's comment recalled 2012 Republican candidate Mitt Romney's "47 percent" comment in which he said 47 percent of voters are dependent upon the government and would vote for President Barack Obama no matter what.

She also pledged to see passage of the Equality Act, to expand access to mental health care and addiction treatment, and to address youth homelessness and end conversion therapy.

During the 2008 Democratic primary, then-Sen.

"Her policies have produced only death, destruction and not diplomacy".

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