Hillary Clinton Apologizes for Slamming Donald Trump Supporters as ‘Deplorables’

Hillary Clinton
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks to the press after a working session with national security advisers and experts at the New York Historical Society September 9, 2016 in New York City. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Hillary Clinton issued an apology on Saturday, September 10, for slamming half of Donald Trump's supporters as “deplorables” during a rally on Friday, saying that she “was wrong” to generalize.

The Democratic presidential nominee said at a fundraiser on Friday, September 9, that "you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables."

 “Last night I was ‘grossly generalist,’ and that’s never a good idea,” Clinton said in a statement to Us Weekly on Saturday. “I regret saying ‘half’ — that was wrong. But let’s be clear, what’s really ‘deplorable’ is that Donald Trump hired a major advocate for the so-called ‘alt-right’ movement to run his campaign and that David Duke and other white supremacists see him as a champion of their values.”

Clinton added that “it’s deplorable that Trump has built his campaign largely on prejudice and paranoia and given a national platform to hateful views and voices, including by retweeting fringe bigots with a few dozen followers and spreading their message to 11 million people.”

On Friday, Clinton, 68, was speaking at an LGBT gala fundraiser when she called many of the GOP candidate's supporters “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, you name it.”

Trump’s camp immediately responded to Clinton’s comments by noting that they “revealed just how little she thinks of the hard-working men and women of America.”

In Clinton’s statement Saturday, the former Secretary of State addressed Trump’s rebuke: “As I said, many of Trump’s supporters are hard-working Americans who just don’t feel like the economy or our political system are working for them. I’m determined to bring our country together and make our economy work for everyone, not just those at the top. Because we really are ‘stronger together.’”

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