You know exactly what I'm talking about, don't you? Mrs. Clinton called out the racist, xenophobic, White Nationalist rhetoric of Donald Trump and his admirers for what it is: deplorable.
It is deplorable that the Republican candidate for the Presidency of the United States, a person who will represent you and me to the rest of the world, can refer to a sitting United States Senator as Pocahontas and not be laughed off the stage.
"Sir, that is unacceptable language. Racial slurs do not befit a candidate for the Presidency.
No, do not try to justify yourself by bringing up a survey response from years ago... that is not the point. You are pandering to the basest, lowest, most cowardly instincts among us.
That is deplorable, Sir."
If only I were in charge of everything.
I deplore the fact that David Duke sees Donald Trump as a standard bearer. I don't care if Mr. Trump wants his support or not; the fact is, he has it. The Donald is espousing policies which a former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan find palatable and endorse-able. If Mr. Trump doesn't find that deplorable, then he's part of the problem.
He's not the whole problem. The whole problem is the second half of Hillary's quote. The part about those who feel disenfranchised and left behind, those who feel ignored.
(Do I wish she had started with them, and then moved on to the rest? Do I wish she hadn't said half? Again, if only I were in charge.)I think Aaron Sorkin was right when The American President described Trump's strategy, in 1995:
(He is) not the least bit interested in solving (your problem). He is interested in two things and two things only: making you afraid of it and telling you who's to blame for it. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you win elections.And the best way to make someone afraid is to define the enemy as the other, to call her names, to tell so many lies that the listener sees them as a baseline. That is all deplorable.
And, I'm beginning to see Big Cuter's point. I'm not sure how one can support Donald Trump and not see the deplorable pieces. They're not just awkward (Mitt Romney's 47% comes to mind) nor are they harmless (I'm thinking Joe Biden on the campaign trail). They are everything we tell our elementary school children to avoid - bullying, name calling, lying, judging by anything other than the strength of one's character. If that is not deplorable, what is?
So, I'm glad Hillary called him out. I'm glad someone is saying that these are not American values. I'm glad she's using the right word - deplorable.