Listen To You Tell Me Texas Friday 9/16/16
According to lefty political pundit Michael Kinsley, a gaffe is when a politician tells the truth. Accepting that definition, Hillary Clinton dropped a big one in a speech last Friday.
Said Mrs. Clinton,
…you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the ‘basket of deplorables.’ Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it.”
It’s a shocking statement. If you accept it at face value and do the simple math, it means that Mrs. Clinton considers upwards of one of every four Americans, whose president she wishes to be, deplorable.
Of course, Mrs. Clinton attempted to walk the statement back. The next morning she said,
Last night I was ‘grossly generalistic,’ and that’s never a good idea. I regret saying ‘half’ — that was wrong”
But one gets the sense that the statement was, in fact, a Kinsley gaffe. It is easy to believe that it was a misstatement only in the political sense. As a statement as to how Mrs. Clinton really feels and believes, one can easily imagine that it was spot-on.
It is entirely plausible that Hillary Clinton, who has not driven a car, personally paid a light bill or picked up her own dry cleaning in decades, considers a very high percentage of Americans to actually be deplorable.
Deplorable in this case is defined as, “not one of us.” “Us” is defined as the rich, Ivy League-educated, elite, bi-coastal ruling class of which Mrs. Clinton is a long-standing member.
Mrs. Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” includes those who own guns and believe in God. It includes people who have frequent need of a rag with which to wipe their hands and their brows in the routine daily pursuit of earning a living.
It includes everyone who does not have a college degree and many more whose college degrees come from an institution with the word, ‘state’ in the name. It certainly includes those with only a high school or trade school education.
The basket includes those millions of Americans who have never visited New York City and have no intention of doing so. Add in the people who have never looked down upon the American heartland from a seat in business class or aboard a private jet.
And certainly include those folks who go to church on Sunday and who persist in believing that marriage is a sacred bond between one man and one woman.
These deplorable people are the ones who answer calls from the staffs of snotty rich liberals when the air conditioning goes out, the alternator fails or the roof starts leaking.
In other words, Hillary Clinton’s basket is filled in large measure with the salt-of-the-earth people who keep the country running.
Donald Trump as presidential contender arose from the ripened realization by these “deplorables” that elites on the Left actually loathe them while elites on the right grudgingly tolerate them out of some sense of noblesse oblige.
There’s a word for that kind of condescension.