Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton for the most part throughout her campaign has maintained a cool, calm, and calculated approach until her recent outburst a few days ago.
In an unusual misstep, unlike her counterpart, the hot-headed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, the former Secretary of State, while speaking at a New York fundraiser riled against Trump’s supporters by describing them in terms that one may deem crass or politically correct.
“To be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables,” Clinton said dismissively.
She later identified them as “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it.”
“And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up,” she reflected.
She added that those people are “irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America.”
Now, given the foregoing utterance, one is forced to ask whether Clinton is learning to channel Trump.
The fact is in any political campaign speaking against an opponent’s supporters in unflattering terms is a cardinal sin.
This latest utterance is totally out of character; therefore, one can only conclude that the former first lady was caught up in the euphoria of the moment and consequently exhibited a degree of impatience with those who would support the philosophy of a Donald Trump.
Clinton, however, had her “mea culpa moment” and quickly issued an apology.
“Last night I was ‘grossly generalistic,’ and that’s never a good idea. I regret saying ‘half’ — that was wrong,” she said in a statement released by her campaign.
It is always good when a leader does not see him or herself too big to apologize or to confess a mistake, so kudos must be given to Clinton for her level of contriteness both in the past and now — a sign of true leadership.
With less than two months to go before Election Day and a tight race, Clinton’s self-monitoring will be of paramount importance and her handlers would do well have to her spot on in her rhetoric on all Americans’ interest including the “deporables.”
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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