Hillary Clinton has landed herself in the political spotlight again — at least for the moment — thanks to her upcoming book What Happened, in which she offers her personal account of the 2016 election, and offers insight into why (she believes) she lost.
According to the Free Beacon, Clinton surprisingly backtracked her apologies for calling many of Donald Trump’s supporters “deplorables” last year. Although Clinton says she regrets handing Trump a “political gift,” she stands by her assessment of the president’s base.
Clinton was being interviewed by Jane Pauley, anchor of CBS Sunday Morning. They touched many of the themes covered in the former Democrat presidential candidate’s book, including the infamous “deplorables” label meant for Trump supporters.
As the Los Angeles Times reported last year, Clinton told an audience at a fundraiser that “you could put half of [Donald] Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables.” She went on to call Trump voters “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it.”
When the remarks became public, there was major outcry from Trump’s base. The word “deplorable” soon became a term of endearment among Trump supporters that is still widely used in the present.
Then-Vice Presidential Candidate Mike Pence spoke out against Clinton’s dismissal of Trump supporters, arguing that a wide variety of Americans from diverse backgrounds support Trump.
“The men and women who support Donald Trump’s campaign are hardworking Americans — farmers, coal miners, teachers, veterans, members of our law enforcement community — members of every class of this country, who know that we can make America great again.”
At the time, Clinton offered apologies for her “deplorables” comment. However, the failed presidential candidate has seemingly reverted positions, standing by her belief that Trump’s victory was due to a “comforting” appeal to “millions of white people.”
As the Daily Caller noted, Clinton described having an “out-of-body experience” at the inauguration in January. She called Trump’s inauguration speech “a cry from the white nationalist gut,” and added, “He was quite successful in referencing a nostalgia that would give hope, comfort, settle grievances for millions of people who were upset about gains that were made by others.”
When Pauley asked if Clinton was specifically referring to “white people,” the former senator and secretary of state responded affirmatively. “Millions of white people,” Clinton said. “Yeah, millions of white people.” The Democrat nominee also justified her “deplorables” remark by claiming a “large number of people” didn’t care about Trump’s behavior.
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Clinton has blamed her election loss on numerous factors. As the Boston Herald noted, What Happened includes passages critical of Barack Obama, as well as Clinton’s rival during the primaries, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
According to CNN, Clinton believes her biggest mistake was setting up her infamous private email server. Although Clinton was never indicted for the decision, the fallout from the FBI investigation added to the long list of lifelong scandals in which she, and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have been involved.
As reported by Christian News Alerts, Clinton asserts she will no longer seek elected office. However, she claims she will remain involved in politics in an unspecified manner, asserting “our country’s future is at stake.”