After Hillary Clinton placed roughly half of Trump’s supporters in what she calls “the basket of deplorables,” the internet flew into a white hot rage (emphasis on “white”). At first glance, it seems the usual outrage that conservatives experience when someone points out the bigotry they so casually endorse.
But half of Trump’s supporters are not just proud of their “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic” beliefs, they consider it a defining feature of their white nationalist identity. So who’s upset at Hillary for speaking about this?
The other half. The “other basket of people are people who feel that government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them, nobody worries about what happens to their lives and their futures.” Like many conservatives, they still cling to the myth that white resentment is not at the core of American conservative politics. They know that the KKK and neo-Nazis are rooting for their candidate and they know Trump is directly appealing to their bigotry. They know it but, like all those decades of dog whistle racism, they don’t want anyone to talk about it out loud.
It’s one thing to sit at the local barber shop in town and talk about how lazy Negroes are or those damn Ebola-carrying immigrants; it’s quite another for Hillary Clinton to get on TV and openly discuss, in no uncertain terms, just how, well, deplorable half of Trump’s voters are. You know, the same Trump YOU’RE voting for that just “happens” to appeal directly to hardcore white nationalists.
After decades of swearing up and down on a stack of Republican Bibles that you’re not a racist while the “liberal” media did back-flips to avoid talking about the dog whistle politics you so dearly love, there’s no place to hide now. Hillary Clinton has made it very clear that no matter what you say about yourself, you’re voting for a man who is openly anti-Semitic, xenophobic, misogynistic and all around horrible. And he’s proud of it. You cannot separate his anti-establishment speech from his hate speech. The two are inextricably linked. A vote for Trump is a vote for naked racism.
Is it any wonder the other basket went into a full meltdown?
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