Hillary Clinton campaigned against Trump with the claim that at least half of his supporters could be put in what she called a “basket of deplorables.” Now, she’s admitted that her 50-percent estimate was overstated by about 49.5 percent.
Apparently, that’s What Happened.
Speaking with radio host Hugh Hewitt (via Breitbart) this week on her newly released book, “What Happened,” Clinton was asked if she actually believed if the 62.9 million Americans who voted for President Trump were white nationalists and racists.
Hugh Hewitt: Of the 62.9 million people who voted for President Trump, do you have a number in your mind that you think are actually white nationalist racists of that 62.9 million, a real number?
Hillary Clinton: No, I don’t.
Hugh Hewitt: Do you think there are more than a half million, you know, honest-to-God white nationalists running around the United States?
Hillary Clinton: Probably not, no.
Even Clinton, who embraced identity politics to bolster her popularity with the left, couldn’t bring herself to claim that such a small fraction of the people who voted for Trump were white nationalists. As of November 2017, an estimated 326 million people live in the United States of America.
However, she expressed her opinion with the caveat that there are more white nationalists than she thought in the United States, citing the protest in Charlottesville as an example of their size.
“They have made common cause with the President’s agenda out of their own mouth that he is someone that they are counting on to promote it,” she said, adding that she was worried white nationalists would receive a larger audience due to the Internet.
“Unfortunately, their views, which used to be quite beyond the mainstream, you know, have a much broader audience now, because you know, of being online and having outlets and media presence that can promote those attitudes,” said Clinton.
Over the past year, the mainstream media has given neo-Nazis like Richard Spencer a platform, manufacturing his popularity and celebrating him as both “dapper” and “charismatic.”
Thoroughly disengaged from reality, Clinton doubled down on her calls for political correctness.
“I think there are people who are unfortunately kind of reverting back to rather virulent attitudes about race in part because I think that it’s become ‘politically acceptable’ — no longer politically correct to try to overcome our own feelings that often block us from seeing each other as fellow human beings,” she said.
Despite her loss at the polls, it’s clear that Clinton hasn’t learned a damn thing.