Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton on Monday of treating Republican voters like ‘subjects,’ mocking them with ‘hatred and derision,’ in his first direct challenge to her since her widely reported physical collapse on Sunday.
Clinton said during a fundraiser and a TV interview last week that ‘half’ of Trumps supporters belong in ‘baskets of deplorables’ – a line she later walked back by inches by saying she shouldn’t have said ‘half.’
‘If Hillary Clinton will not retract her comments in full, I don’t see how she can credibly campaign any further,’ he charged, saying she had ‘bullied’ voters who want government reform that only he can provide.
He said he was ‘deeply shocked and alarmed this Friday to hear my opponent attack, slander, smear and demean these wonderful, amazing people who are supporting our campaign. by the millions.’
‘These were not offhand comments from Hillary Clinton. These were not stray remarks in an interview, or an accidental choice of words. These were lengthy, planned, and prepared remarks,’ he claimed.
‘It was perhaps the most explicit attack on the American voter ever spoken by a major-party presidential nominee.’
Clinton ‘divides people into “baskets”,’ Trump blasted, ‘as though they were objects, not human beings.’
‘Hillary Clinton spoke with hatred and derision for the people who make this country run,’ Trump said.
‘Nobody’s heard anything like this’ before, he said, emphasizing that her comments ‘viciously demonized’ her detractors.
He’s right. Hillary’s comments were unusually frank for public comments. Such sentiments have been standard fare for private conversation among the politically correct for well over a decade (as I can testify from first hand Australian experience). Perhaps they are so confident, or so delusional from living in their echo chamber, that they don’t bother to hide it any longer. It is either a lapse of judgement, or a sign that an arrogant and hostile ruling class cannot be bothered pretending to want our votes anymore.
Meanwhile the debate is raging about Hillary’s health across the ‘net, with the media having to concede there are some doubts, while doing their best to pass it off as just a little pneumonia. Not much hard data. While the media are conceding the knee-buckling fall, a few coughing fits, and occasional faintings due to dehydration over the years, they will not go to the seizures video yet or the frequent and intermittent need for support walking etc and what that implies. But at this point, who can believe anything the Clintons say about her health? This might get interesting, and maybe it’s time to scrutinize her VP pick.