On Wednesday, former State Secretary Hillary Clinton went on The Rachel Maddow Show Tuesday to promote her book, a mystery-thriller supposedly intended as fictional.
For the last six years, Clinton has been disparaging the supporters of former President Donald Trump… but between coughs, she ramped up her insult campaign during the interview with Maddow.
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Speaking about the characters in her book, Clinton said, “In the book we wrote, State of Terror — as you know — there is a plot against the country by people who truly want to turn the clock back. They believe that the progress we’ve made on all kinds of civil rights and human rights — the cultural changes that have taken place — are so deeply threatening that they want to stage a coup.”
Then she compared those characters to Trump supporters. She continued, “Now, think about it, because that’s truly what is behind Trump and his enablers.”
She painted Trump supporters as brainwashed and didn’t even entertain the notion of an honest disagreement.
She said of Trump supporters, “They don’t like the world we’re living in, and they have that in common with, you know, autocratic leaders from Russia to Turkey to Hungary to Brazil and so many other places, who are driven by personal power and greed and corruption but who utilize fears about change to try to get people to hate one another and feel insecure and, therefore, be easily manipulated by demagogues and by disinformation.”
She concluded, “I think that the role of disinformation, the way that propaganda has been really weaponized, and the increasing ability to manipulate people through algorithms and other forms of artificial intelligence will only make this harder to combat.”
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Clinton famously insulted Trump supporters during her failed bid for president.
“To just be grossly generalistic [sic], you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables,” she said at a campaign event September 2016, to laughter and applause.
“Right? They’re racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic. You name it.”
She expressed “regret” in a statement the next day.
Clinton wasn’t always so dismissive. In the 2008 primaries, she slammed former President Barack Obama for caricaturing the concerns of rural voters.
Obama said in a 2008 speech, “They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
Clinton described the remarks as “elitist and out of touch” during an interview with the Guardian the following week. She found herself “taken aback.”
Since then, Clinton has taken a page from Obama’s book of insults, but unlike Obama, she failed in both her presidential campaigns failed.
Watch the excerpt of the Maddow interview here —
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