Over the weekend, Hillary Clinton ignited a firestorm when she called out half of Donald Trump’s supporters for being “deplorable.” The Democratic presidential nominee told a crowd at a fundraiser that we could fit half of Trump’s supporters into a “basket of deplorables.” This basket contains the white supremacists, misogynists, xenophobes, Islamaphobes, etc. Basically, all of the people who are to blame for the billionaires rise to power in the Republican Party.
After Clinton made the comment, however, the (totally-not-liberal) media and Trump campaign claimed that the comment was Hillary’s “47% moment” and she was forced to walk back the remark despite polls suggesting it was fundamentally true.
But now an Ohio reporter is showing everyone that Hillary was right by sharing some of the “deplorable” comments he has received from Trump Bros.
Henry Gomez, a political reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, said that he gets many emails from Trump supporters who don’t believe he should be allowed to report on the GOP candidate because of his Mexican heritage:
“I don’t think it’s a coincidence that, recently, readers have told me I should be ‘on the other side of the wall’ and that my background should ‘disqualify’ me from covering this election,” writes Gomez, whose father is of Mexican descent. “Some observers have suggested the Trump candidacy is like an online comments section come to life. But this was different. These came via email. From people using their real names.”
Here are some of the messages he has received:
- June 30, 2016: “just another liberal a_ _!!!!! u people should all be on the other side of the wall”
- July 13, 2016: “You have been always been [sic] a biased reporter IMO [in my opinion], but now you are an obvious and clear bigot that is inflaming the political situation. Your obvious latino background (dark, short, fat) should preclude/disqualify you from the political scene in this presidential election. … FYI, I have studied some journalism, did a lot of professional writing in industry. Also have graduate degree from a top university.”
- July 23, 2016: “Also, just so you know, I have two daughters-in-law and they are both Hispanic. My grandchildren are half Hispanic. So I am not picking on you. I am not the biased one.”
Gomez isn’t the only reporter who receives lovely messages from Trump supporters, I have received them too:
Now, if these people aren’t “deplorable” then I don’t think I understand the definition of the word anymore.
Trump and his supporters can be as angry as they want, but if they don’t want to be called out for their vile, disgusting actions and words maybe they shouldn’t be such vile and disgusting human beings.
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