Hillary Clinton has expressed regret after making a generalized claim about supporters of Donald Trump during a fundraiser Friday night, where she said “half” of Trump supporters can be placed in the “basket of deplorables,” meaning racist, sexist, homophobic or xenophobic.
“Last night I was ‘grossly generalistic,’ and that’s never a good idea,” the Democratic presidential nominee said in a statement Saturday. “I regret saying ‘half’ — that was wrong.”
The remarks were made at a fundraiser headlined by a performance from Barbra Streisand.
“If I were to be grossly generalistic, I would say you can take Trump supporters and put them in two big baskets,” Clinton said at the event, according to CNN. “There are what I call the deplorables — the racists, you know, the haters, and the people who are drawn because they think somehow he’s going to restore an America that no longer exists. So just eliminate them from your thinking, because we’ve always had an annoying prejudicial element within our politics.”
In her statement Saturday, Clinton went on to stand by her call-out of Trump’s “alt-right” supporters, saying, “It’s deplorable that Trump has built his campaign largely on prejudice and paranoia and given a national platform to hateful views and voices.”
The Trump campaign wasted no time using Clinton’s words against her.
“While Hillary said horrible things about my supporters, and while many of her supporters will never vote for me, I still respect them all!” Trump tweeted Saturday.
“Except for African Americans, Muslims, Latinos, immigrants, women, veterans — and any so-called ‘losers’ or ‘dummies,'” the Clinton camp was quick to retort.
The two presidential contenders are set to debate for the first time on Tuesday, Sept. 26, with NBC news anchor Lester Holt moderating.