Friday, September 30, 2016

Trump supporters a basket of deplorables half full?

Voters don't like the basket of Deplorables comment.

At a fundraiser, she suggested that as many as half of GOP rival Donald Trump's supporters belonged in what she labeled a "basket of deplorables" — that they were racist, sexist, Islamophobic and/or xenophobic. She later said she regretted saying the "half" part but stuck by the crux of her argument: that many Trump backers fit into these unpalatable categories.

 The Washington Post-ABC News survey asked people whether "it's fair or unfair to describe a large portion of Trump's supporters as prejudiced against women and minorities." More than twice as many registered voters said this approach was out of bounds (65 percent) as said it was fair game (30 percent).

 But to lump half of Trump voters together into a "basket of deplorables" and attack voters who support Trump as a class was morally wrong, factually inaccurate and politically stupid. It does not matter whether she meant 50 percent of Trump supporters, or a lower percent. A candidate should not be attacking voters who support her opponent, except for the small number of white supremacists.

This deluge of negative Clinton television ads — which I consider a basket of deplorable television ads — has been continuing for many months. It is not enough for a candidate to perpetually attack an opponent without making a clear, compelling and persuasive case about why voters support the candidate who launches the attack.

 The biggest problem in Clinton's statement is that she said "half" of Trump supporters are racists, xenophobes and otherwise bigots. Half means equal or near-equal parts. There's no data to support such a specific number.

I wonder if she is talking about the Christian half who trust in GOD and not GOVERNMENT?

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