Hillary Clinton is now notorious for saying “you could put half of Trump’s supporters” in a “basket of deplorables”—those being racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, and Islamophobia. It was not her deftest political moment. The “sorry” that swiftly followed was half-baked. Literally, in a way—Clinton apologized only for the “half” part, reiterating that Trump has “built his campaign largely on prejudice and paranoia.”
But in truth, Clinton probably wasn’t that far off. On the racism front,Trump supporters are much likelier than Clinton backers to say African Americans are less intelligent, lazier, and ruder than whites, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted in March and April, and noted byPolitical Wire (paywall). Nearly half of Trump fans said blacks were more “violent” or more “criminal” than whites. The gap in biases held even when accounting for the different mix of races between Clinton and Trump supporters, reported Reuters.
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