In what could rank as 2017’s most obvious revelation, Hillary Clinton on Sunday acknowledged that referring to then-GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s supporters as a “basket of deplorables” may have further galvanized them against her and gave Trump “a political gift.” Really Hillary, you just figured that one out?
The all-seeing Ms. Clinton said on CBS Sunday Morning, “I thought Trump was behaving in a deplorable manner. I thought a lot of his appeals to voters were deplorable.” The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee said this when she was asked about the infamous “deplorables” remark.
In her first major television interview since her defeat in the presidential election last year, Hillary was retrospective. “I thought his behavior as we saw on the Access Hollywood tape was deplorable,” she continued, referring to the 2005 recording of Trump bragging about sexual assault, which surfaced in October of 2016. “And there were a large number of people who didn’t care. It did not matter to them. And he turned out to be a very effective reality TV star.”
But there is still that hidden rage she carries like a 100 pound weight. Her book, “What Happened,” appears in bookstores Tuesday.
Clinton has now seen the light about her deplorable remark. It should have been obvious as Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania fell out of her Electoral voting category. “I’m sorry I gave him a political gift of any kind, but I don’t think that was determinative,” she said.
It’s okay Hillary, we have moved on, but can you?
Clinton on Sunday acknowledged that Trump successfully tapped into voters’ race- and class-based “anger,” “nostalgia” and “resentment,” and regrets that during her campaign, she did not effectively illustrate that she understood those sentiments. So that is what it was? Not anything to do with a terrible campaign by her or being a bad candidate.
“I understood that there were many Americans who, because of the financial crash, there was anger. And there was resentment. I knew that,” she told host Jane Pauley. “But I believed that it was my responsibility to try to offer answers to it, not to fan it. I think, Jane, that it was a mistake because a lot of people didn’t want to hear my plans. They wanted me to share their anger. And I should’ve done a better job of demonstrating, ‘I get it.'”
I guess the excuses are like a drug. She needs to rely on them to move forward. But one last parting shot before she awaits the head count of people who actually buy the book.
“We have a reality show that leads to the election of a president. He ends up in the Oval Office. He says, ‘Boy, it’s so much harder than I thought it would be. This is really tough. I had no idea,'” Clinton said of Trump. “Well, yeah, because it’s not a show. It’s reality.”
And that means it’s now bedtime Hillary. Feel better now?