Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said late Friday at a fundraiser in New York that she puts half of Donald Trump’s supporters in a “basket of deplorables.”
“The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, you name it. They are just desperate for change,” Clinton said. “They don’t buy everything [Trump] says, but he seems to hold out some hope that their lives will be different.”
Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway pounced on the comments on Twitter. Jason Miller, a campaign spokesman for Trump, said in a statement Clinton “revealed her true contempt for everyday Americans” and said it was “inexcusable mistake.”
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) September 10, 2016
Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill defended the candidate.
“Obviously not everyone supporting Trump is part of the alt-right, but alt-right leaders are with Trump,” Merrill said. “And their supporters appear to make up half his crowd when you observe the tone of his events.”