WASHINGTON, September 10, 2016 — In 2012, Republican candidate Mitt Romney observed that 47 percent of voters are “victims who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them” and would vote for Obama “no matter what.”
President Obama blasted him with this tweet:
RT if you agree: We need a President who is fighting for all Americans, not one who writes off nearly half the country.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 18, 2012
Obama’s eight year average approval rating stands at 47 percent, the lowest average approval rating since President Jimmy Carter and the same as Romney’s percentage of “victimized” Americans.
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, like Romney five years ago, has leveled an insult at about half the electorate. Unlike Romney, though, she did it in public, not private.
Clinton dismissed a large portion of Americans as “a basket of deplorables”: racists, bigots and xenophobes. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence slammed her comments at the Values Voter Summit early Saturday afternoon, demanding that her comments be disavowed.
“They are not a basket of anything,” he defended. “They are Americans and they deserve your respect.”
Clinton’s comments bear odd resemblance to Romney’s comments four years ago. And following her “Romneyesque” insensitivity, she tweeted a non-apology in an attempt to quell the twitter backlash to her generalization of Trump supporters:
“I won’t stop calling out bigotry and racist rhetoric in this campaign.” —Hillary pic.twitter.com/C3Z7GybJ53
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 10, 2016
However the apology seems to be more for offense felt by the social media universe than her belief that Trump and his supporters are racists. She said of Trump’s outreach to African Americans “From the start, Donald Trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia” but not stoping there, saying:
According to the Clinton camp, under the guise of outreach to African Americans, Trump has stood up in front of largely white audiences and described black communities in insulting and ignorant terms:
“Poverty. Rejection. Horrible education. No housing. No homes. No ownership. Crime at levels nobody has seen … Right now, you walk down the street, you get shot.”
Those are his words. Are they wrong?
According to Clinton, Trump doesn’t see the success of black leaders in every field or the vibrancy of black-owned businesses. He misses the strength of the black church, the excellence of historically black colleges and universities and the pride of black parents watching their children thrive.
Trump doesn’t have any solutions to take on the reality of systemic racism and create more equity and opportunity in communities of color.
Clinton argues that it takes a lot of nerve for Trump to ask people he’s ignored for decades, “What do you have to lose?” The answer is everything!
Trump is reinforcing harmful stereotypes and offering a dog whistle to his most hateful supporters, his “basket of deplorables.”
According to Clinton, “Parents and teachers are already worried about what they’re calling the ‘Trump Effect.’ Bullying and harassment are on the rise in our schools, especially targeting students of color, Muslims, and immigrants.”
But it is anti-Trump protestors who are attacking Trump supporters, young, old, white, black and brown, not the other way around, taking to the streets to celebrate their lawlessness and to inhibit Americans’ right to peacefully meet in support of a political candidate:
And this a woman in San Jose, California being assaulted following a Trump rally:
USA Today reports that at the RNC convention, with 24 total arrests, was far more peaceful than the DNC convention that saw over 50 arrests on day one—but not of Republicans attacking Clinton supporters. The violence was liberal-on-liberal.
The Washington Post reported:
Many observers expected major protests at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last week – and were surprised by how few they found. But there were plenty of protests at this week’s Democratic National Convention. Groups associated with Black Lives Matter, immigrant rights, the Green Party (and other parties) and of course Sen. Bernie Sanders all made themselves heard in Philadelphia.
At the Republican convention, activists were either there for personal reasons, such as expressing solidarity with other protesters, or trying to change the minds of the U.S. public.
By contrast, at the Democratic convention, activists were targeting those inside the hall. A plurality of respondents, 29 percent, said they were there to pressure the party into changing the nominee; 20 percent wanted to pressure politicians in general.
There is little doubt that each party has its lunatic fringe; lunacy is not unique to any group, whether defined by religion, race or politics. And there is little doubt that the Republican nominee has had his share of foot in mouth moments, an affliction that he seems to have tamed of late. But now Clinton has gone full monty against those who would dare to support the Republican nominee.
And that would be 47 percent of probable voters, some of whose votes she needs if she is to prevail.
With just 58 days to November 8, we might hope that our leaders would be able to not get into the mud, act as a calming force, and somehow stop before agitating fear. A refreshing choice would be politicians from both sides of the aisle who don’t lump Americans under falsehoods.
Americans need to stand up against a politician that would call them the most reprehensible of names in an effort to create fear of a political opponent.