Appearing at an LGBT fundraiser in New York City on Friday, Hillary Clinton told the audience that half of Donald Trump’s supporters could be put “into what I call the basket of deplorables.”
“To just be grossly generalistic, you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables,” Clinton said. “Right? Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it.”
Host Barbra Streisand sang a revised rendition of “Send In the Clowns,” aimed at Donald Trump. The new lyrics included this line: “Is he that rich? Maybe he’s poor. Until we see his taxes, we can’t be sure. Who is this clown?”
Singer Rufus Wainwright performed Judy Garland‘s “Over the Rainbow.”
Among the high-profile guests at the event, held at Cipriani Wall Street, were “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon, “Ugly Betty’s” Michael Urie, “Orange Is the New Black” star Laverne Cox, “Madam Secretary’s” Erich Bergen, Debra Messing, Kathy Najimy, Mary Louise Parker, Andrew Rannells, Zachary Quinto, Marissa Tomei, “Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Bravo’s Andy Cohen, designers Isaac Mizrahi, Donna Karan and Diane von Furstenberg, DNC Interim Chair Donna Brazile, studio mogul Harvey Weinstein and IAC Chairman Barry Diller.
“My head is spinning,” the guest told TheWrap. “Two icons are sharing the stage. Strong, powerful women,” he said, referring to Clinton and Streisand.
As TheWrap previously reported, tickets for the gala start at $1,200, with limited availability, and go as high as $250,000. Donors who raise six figures get a meet-and-greet reception with Clinton.
Streisand, perhaps one of the biggest gay icons of all time, has been a Clinton supporter from Day 1.
The New York fundraiser benefits the Hillary Victory Fund — a joint venture by Hillary for America, the Democratic National Committee and state parties. The money that is raised will go to all of those groups.