Michael Gaynor
Don't underestimate the blowback from Hillary Clinton's "basket of deplorables" putdown
By Michael Gaynor
September 12, 2016

Ironically, Clinton inadvertently gave Trump a weapon with which to beat her, if he uses it properly.

Last Friday night Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton consigned half of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to a "basket of deplorables" and made the presidential election Trump's to lose.

It was a Kinsey gaffe.

"A Kinsley gaffe occurs when a political gaffe reveals some truth that a politician did not intend to admit. The term comes from journalist Michael Kinsley, who said, 'A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth – some obvious truth he isn't supposed to say'" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_gaffe).

"Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it," Clinton said. "There are people like that and he has lifted them up."

Clinton said what she believed. She backtracked later, of source, calling "half" an overstatement while still insisting that lots of Trump supporters are "deplorable" because they are "[r]acist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it."

Clinton did NOT misspeak.

Whether or not applicable to millions of Trump supportersd, the phrase "basket of deplorables" is memorable and was carefully considered before Team Clinton before she spoke it last Friday.

Clinton apologists posing as political analysts are Clinton using it will not hurt her in the presidential election because anyone offended would vote for Trump anyway.


Millenials still love their grandparents and don't want a presidential wannabe calling them "deplorable."

For example, one Trump supporting grandfather who called Clinton's choice of words a "faux pas" emailed me as follows:

"I believe Mrs. Evil Pants Suit's 'basket of deplorables' remark was a seminal moment in this campaign, even though she tried to take it back. The very act of trying to reconsider by someone so arrogant & reluctant to admit an error screams out that her team immediately recognized the damage her remark had done. Even the relatively mild-mannered Mike Pence was all over it in an instant. One of our granddaughters, a college senior who has been somewhat brainwashed by some tree-hugger prof. that Al Gore is an environmental guru, called me and said she was 'appalled' at Mrs. Evil calling her grandpa deplorabl." Of course it was a tad tongue-in-cheek. But, nonetheless, although she is not that politically oriented, she picked up on 'deplorable.'"

Ironically, Clinton inadvertently gave Trump a weapon with which to beat her, if he uses it properly.

With Kelly Anne Conway managing Trump's campaign, it's much more likely than not that it will be.

Trump's speech on it this afternoon was perfect and he simply needs to stay the course.

Team Clinton can attack Trump outrageously and win with the help of liberal media bias, but demonizing half of Trump supporters is something else entirely....and millenials still love their grandparents.

© Michael Gaynor


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Michael Gaynor

Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member... (more)


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