Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says that rival Hillary Clinton’s comment painting half of his supporters as a “basket of deplorables” is the “biggest mistake of the political season.”
He may be right.
Clinton was at a fundraiser on Friday when she said that she would put half of Trump’s supporters into “the basket of deplorables…. the racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic – you name it.”
The resulting backlash from outraged voters had the Democrat’s campaign quickly backpedaling. Clinton’s campaign quickly apologized for being “grossly generalistic.”
But according to Trump, the damage is done. In fact, #basketofdelporables became a trending topic on Twitter, as millions of voters voiced their outrage.
Trump said Monday in a phone interview on “Fox and Friends” that when he heard the comment, he “thought that it was not something that was within the realm of possible that she would have said it.”
The Republican presidential nominee said that being elected to the White House means: “You’re president of all the people.”
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The Associated Press contributed to this article.