How feverish was Hillary when she used that awkward phrase, basket of deplorables? Politically speaking, it was a fairly major misstep. You should always go after your opponent but never their supporters, right? After all, the goal is to win some of them over to your side. Calling them names doesn’t seem like a wise move. That’s just me speaking from a political and a practical standpoint. Now let’s get down to the truth. To the heart of the matter.
She wasn’t wrong. There, I said it. I’ve been saying this for a long time now. A significant portion of Trump voters hold what can only be described as UN-American and yes, deplorable points of view. Don’t believe me? Let’s take just one topic and use it as an example, the proposed ban on Muslims coming into this country. It’s obviously unconstitutional. It goes against everything we’re supposed to stand for. Yet, that’s what Trump has proposed and a startlingly large number of his followers agree with him. Would you call that deplorable? I certainly would.
There has also been polling on people’s views of one of Trump’s most controversial proposals: to ban all Muslims from entering the US. Again, Trump supporters are very likely to support this idea. According to a poll from June by the Texas Politics Project, 76 percent of Republicans support the idea, versus 26 percent of Democrats. Notably, 44 percent of Democrats said they “strongly oppose” the idea, while just 6 percent of Republicans did.
That’s just one example. There are many more. And that’s not even getting into the fact that the Trump campaign is being run by the alt-right darling, Steve Bannon. By the way, I hate that new phrase, alt-right. It legitimizes those people. They’re white nationalists. They’re bigots and racists.Hell, Pence, in an interview yesterday, would not even agree that David Duke is deplorable. They’re depending on the crazy, far right vote in November. They have no chance of winning without it.
Was Hillary wrong to use that phrase? Yes, she was. But only for political reasons. Not because she was factually wrong(although we can argue about the numbers. maybe half was too much. maybe not). Either way, she should not have said it. Do we need to go over the long list of things that Trump should not have said over the last 18 months?
Now here’s a basket of something that I’m really interested in, A Basket of Light. I posted a song the other day from Devendra Banhart. Here is one of the originators of the psych-folk movement, Pentangle! I was lucky enough to see them once, along with two solo shows from John Renbourn and one from Bert Jansch. Love this sound.