The “basket of deplorables”
are tearing out their hair
I find it totes adorables
they’d think I’d ever care
They strive to be offensive
in the rallies that we’ve seen
whether Trump-eting or Pence-ive
but this “basket” thing’s just mean!
We’ve gone and hurt their feelings,
so they’re gonna cry a bit,
though the “basket”’s more appealing
Than the truer “barge of shit”.
If bigots aren’t deplorable
If racists aren’t, as well;
The way you think is horrible
And everyone can tell.
If only Clinton had said “a lot of” instead of “half”, the pearl-clutchers would have no leg to stand on. But it is undeniable that Trump has some supporters for whom “undesirable” is hyperbolically euphemistic. And Trump and Pence (and others) have been all butt-hurt on behalf of these assholes, tsk-tsking Clinton as if calling a racist a racist is a far greater affront than, say, actually being a racist.
Clinton has had to walk back her remarks, a bit. The good news is, she says she does regret saying “half”, but does not back down from calling out alt-right, white supremacists, bigotry and racism.
NEW: Clinton statement: "I regret saying ‘half’ — that was wrong. " pic.twitter.com/xqnsn8FADv
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) September 10, 2016
The sort of hate speech we see at Trump rallies *should* be called out, rather than defended. Frankly, Trump and Pence should be calling it out themselves; instead, they have amplified the social media presence of such people, passed along dog whistles, and have invited criticisms that should have no home outside of conspiracy believers. For instance, is it coincidence that Trump’s list of generals and admirals has 88 names on it? Did that number just happen to fall out? “88” is a dog-whistle, often seen in the tattoos of neo-nazis. (8th letter of the alphabet is H; 88 is HH, for “Heil Hitler”) If any politician at random had a list of 88 names, I wouldn’t think twice about a hidden meaning; Trump, though? It would be part of a dog-whistling pattern.
I feel like Glenn Beck for even making the suggestion. Blech.