Monday at a gathering of the National Guard Association in Baltimore, MD, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump addressed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s comments describing half of his supporters as “deplorables” driven by “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, islamaphobic” beliefs.
Trump said, “All across this country I have met so many incredible members of both our military and law enforcement community. There is nothing I have enjoyed more than the time I have spent with our service members, police officers, also our firefighters and paramedics. These are incredible people that embody the goodness and decency of our country. I was deeply shocked and alarmed this Friday to hear my opponent attack, slander, smear, demean these wonderful amazing people who are supporting our campaign by the millions. Our support comes from every part of America and every walk of life. We have the support of cops, soldiers, carpenters, welders, the young and the old and millions of working class families who just want a better future and a good job.”
“These were the people Hillary Clinton so viciously demonized,” he continued. “These were among the countless Americans Hillary Clinton called deplorable, irredeemable and un-American. Nobody has heard anything like this. She called these patriotic men and women every vile name in the book. She called them racist, sexist, xenophobic, islamophobic. She called half of our supporters a basket of deplorables in both the speech and an interview. She divides people into baskets as though they were objects, not human beings. Hillary Clinton made these comments at one of her high dollar fund-raisers on Wall Street. She and her wealthy donors all had a good laugh. You heard them. They were all laughing. Good, good solid laugh. They were laughing at the very people who paved the roads, and these are the roads that she, with all of her security, drive on, paint the buildings she speaks in, and importantly all of the other functions.”