Trump Vs. Clinton : War of words crossing limits
WASHINGTON: (APP) Hillary Clinton has called Donald Trump supporters a "basket of deplorables," comments that sparked anger from her Republican rival for the White House and quickly went viral.
The Democratic nominee for president was speaking at a fundraiser in New York on Friday night when she said, "to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables."
"The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic -- you name it.
And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up."
Speaking to the gay rights supporters, she added that those people are "irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America."
Trump, 70, struck back on Saturday, posting on Twitter: "Wow, Hillary
Clinton was SO INSULTING to my supporters, millions of amazing, hard working people. I think it will cost her at the Polls!"
"Basket of Deplorables" quickly became a trending hashtag on Twitter. There was even a mock account @TheDeplorables.
Clinton, 68, also told the crowd at the "LGBT for Hillary" gala that other Trump supporters are people who feel let down by the government and the economy, and are "desperate for change."
"Those are people we have to understand and empathize with as well," she said, shortly before introducing singer Barbra Streisand.
The entertainment icon performed a collection of her songs, including a parody of "Send in the Clowns" skewering Trump as a "sad vulgar clown."
Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill sought to clarify the former secretary of state's remarks. He said members of the extreme right, known as the "alt right," were using Trump to advance a hate agenda.
"Obviously not everyone supporting Trump is part of the alt right, but alt right leaders are with Trump," he said on Twitter.
"And their supporters appear to make up half his crowd when you observe the tone of his events."