Hillary Clinton issued a statement clarifying her “basked of deplorables” comment earlier today which begins:
Last night I was ‘grossly generalistic,’ and that’s never a good idea. I regret saying ‘half’ — that was wrong.
This is clearly not an apology, it’s a quibble over numbers. She’s not retracting the statement only the math. And yet, the media seems eager to give her credit for walking this back. Here’sRon Founier writing at the Atlantic:
Clinton didn’t apologize, which for some reason is hard for her to do, but she did say the remark was wrong and she didn’t try to excuse it – even as she accurately described the choice voters must make.
Fournier makes three specific claims in this sentence, two of which are wrong. It’s true she didn’t apologize. It’s not true that she said the “basket of deplorables” remark was wrong. She explicitly said “half” was wrong. But half was not the remark.
To put this in some perspective, if Mitt Romney said, ‘I regret saying 47% — that was wrong’ I’m fairly certain Democrats would have called that a quibble. The point of the outrage back then wasn’t that Romney’s figures were off a bit, it was that he had suggested some large swath of Americans were indolent and relying on the government for support.
Moving on, Hillary definitely did try to excuse her remark. In fact, the entire rest of her statement is one long excuse:
But let’s be clear, what’s really ‘deplorable’ is that Donald Trump hired a major advocate for the so-called ‘alt-right’ movement to run his campaign and that David Duke and other white supremacists see him as a champion of their values…
Notice what Hillary is doing here. She made a comment about something approaching 25% of American voters and then waves David Duke and the white supremacists (read: KKK) like a red flag. She’s made this point before but, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the KKK has about 5,000 to 8,000 members. To be clear, that’s 5,000-8,000 too many in my view. I genuinely wish the number was zero, but it really is a tiny fringe when compared to the size of the electorate Hillary was invoking last night.
It appears that Hillary Clinton is wearing an earpiece.
I wonder if someone could smuggle in a device that would induce something like a feedback squeal in the middle of the debate? That would be fun.
Or pulsed sound to cause an epileptic fit? Watching her drop like a marionette with cut strings would be fun, too.
The most entertaining thing to do, though, would probably be to jam the signal and watch her trying to muddle through the debates using only her own thoughts and words.
You are going to need a bigger basket….
I think Hilliary’s basket is a basket of phlegm.
@Petercat: I would rather see the signal hacked and alternative answers fed to her. How amusing it would be to watch her repeat, Ron Burgundy-style, stupid responses.
Will she submit to a search before the debates? Better do a cavity search (you should get hazardous duty pay for that)… most of her thoughts seem to be pulled out of her ass anyway.
Poor, poor, poor Hillary. So mistreated, so abused. But, there are no questions about illegal, secret, private, unsecured email servers to ask Trump. No questions about trafficking classified information illegally and improperly, no questions about lying to Congress, no questions about lying to the FBI, no questions about lying about Benghazi, no questions about peddling US influence, no questions about selling US stragegic resources to ask of Trump.
Trump cannot be asked about his proven record of failure in government service. He cannot be asked about leaving a consulate unprotected and refusing sending aid to Americans under attack.
But Hillary is not criticized and attacked for what OTHERS think, as Hillary is promoting the corrupt liberal media to do against Trump. Hillary is not criticized, as Trump is, for the KKK support and contributions. Hillary gets EVERY benefit of the doubt, while Trump does not. Hillary’s ONLY problem with the media is that her lies and corruption are becoming far too difficult to sweep under the rug… that lump is growing to the size of the Washington Monument.
Everyone beware Attila the Hen is on the loose hide your kids your money and your guns attila the hen wants them all
Reminds me of an old joke:
A speech writer despised his boss, a NY Senator. He finally decided to quit as he was writing his last speech.
The Senator was giving it to the Chamber of Commerce.
He got on stage, and began speaking. Near the end of the first page, he read:
“Ladies and Gentlemen, I will now present my 8 point plan to end poverty in the United States:”
He turned the page and read aloud,
“Okay, asshole, you’re on your own. Wing it!”
Maybe it was a true story, I forget. Could be.