A sizable chunk of undecided voters were beginning to gravitate toward the Clinton camp after the Democratic National Convention. However, they might be put off by the insult she hurled at Trump supporters.
While speaking at an LGBT event, Clinton went off on Trump supporters, calling half of them "racist, sexist, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it."
She called that particular half of supporters "a basket of deplorables" that "Trump had lifted up."
Predictably, the statement did not go down well with many. Republicans were riled up at Clinton for belittling and mocking Americans for not supporting her.
Donald Trump’s Twitter account had a field day, as it threw tweets peppered with CAPS-LOCK warning Clinton’s way.
Wow, Hillary Clinton was SO INSULTING to my supporters, millions of amazing, hard working people. I think it will cost her at the Polls!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2016
While Hillary said horrible things about my supporters, and while many of her supporters will never vote for me, I still respect them all!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2016
Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, was apparently aghast at this statement, because the Trump camp obviously never tries to put down a group of people, or lump them into a single binary.
Twitter had a fiery reaction to this statement.
It didn’t take Clinton long to realize that using Trump’s tactics is not the wisest move. She apologized for her ‘gross generalization’ but did not let Trump get away.
“I regret saying ‘half’ — that was wrong. But let's be clear, what's really ‘deplorable’ is that Donald Trump hired a major advocate for the so-called ‘alt-right’ movement to run his campaign and that David Duke and other white supremacists see him as a champion of their values.”
Clinton is not the first one to put down supporters of rivals. Mitt Romney notoriously said in a leaked video that 47 percent of Americans support Obama because they pay no income tax, and expect to be tended to by the government. Obama infuriated voters in 2008 when he said downtrodden voters in Pennsylvania were clinging to "guns and religion."
The gap between Trump and Clinton is starting to close as November approaches. Clinton might just lose the upper hand with dumb moves like this.