700,000 Now Dead: Hillary Clinton’s prescient warning was proved correct — but she paid the price for it

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Alternet: During a speech in September 2016, Hillary Clinton — then the Democratic presidential nominee — warned the American people and the world of the dangers represented by Donald Trump and his followers. She described the “volatile political environment” of that moment:

You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.

He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people, now have 11 million. He tweets and retweets offensive, hateful, mean-spirited rhetoric. Now some of those folks, they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America.

In many ways, Clinton was too kind. If anything, she underestimated how many Americans were in fact committed and enthusiastic human deplorables.

After that speech, Clinton was pilloried by the mainstream news media, some leading Democrats, and of course the Republican Party and right-wing propaganda hate machine. Clinton’s characterization of Trump’s “basket of deplorables” was described as insensitive and unfair to the “white working class” Americans that elites and out-of-touch Democrats had too often ignored.

That reaction to Clinton’s truth-telling helped to legitimate Trumpism and American neofascism (operating under the mask of “populism”) as something that was reasonable and understandable, rather than as a manifestation of racial resentment, a racist temper tantrum and a declaration of white supremacy.

This reflected our society’s deep investment in a narrative of white racial innocence. In that logic, America is a great and exceptional country, and by implication, this is especially true of white people — especially those “real Americans” whose supposed patriotism and presumed Christian values render them a bit more American than anyone else.  Read more..

https://www.alternet.org/2021/09/hillary-clinton-warning/

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  1. A college educated friend who worked as a specialist for a certain agency explained how disappointed he was in the gentrification process where educated elites move into a town and change the atmosphere of a friendly town, so he sold his house and quietly moved further into the coutryside. People promote their products and their companies, and they start to believe their own marketing, that their life is superior, and they sweep imperfections under the rug. But the working class has been taking it on the chin ever since kindergarten, when they were outclassed in IQ and status. I’m no Hillary fan, but when she coined “deplorables” I wondered why she was shooting her campaign through the heart. The last thing that a drowning society needs is scorn. The partisan hatred is getting old. I remember when candidates aspired to understand the concerns of all the voters.

    Lessons learned. Some hope that Hillary and her legacy of dismissive ego and scorn will fade away, as an example of what shoes one’s daughter should not aspire to fill. The 2016 election was hers to lose, and her vanity was the only thing that triumphed. As a former Secretary of State, she is not really an object of our sympathy.

    But after her loss in 2016 the Democratic party was forced to briefly reassess its message.

  2. Let Black women, like Lone Voice Of Reason Barbara Lee, run the country for a minute!

    I saw numbers from Pew Research where Drumpf lost Black men by 14/81, but Black women by…

    * / 98! Yes, asterisk to 98! 🤣

    • “If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.”
      ~1 Corinthians 6: 4 KJV

    • I doubt it would ever happen, but if every year, the most junior congressmen and senators (by lottery) were made committee chairmen, it could move the common man closer to the seat of power.
      I don’t see how it would empower the bureaucrats and lobbyists any more than they are already.
      Just dreaming again.
      🧾

  3. Prime points, VT… err, Salon!!
    Watch. Media. Wording. They think they’re slick. Even when ridiculously repetitive.

    ALL media said “Trump Tough On Trade” so much, you’d think it was literally his middle name.
    WHILE they were mum on his 45% #TrumpTAX tariff TAX.

    👆 Major part of ball game right there 👆.

    Then they were mum on him having the worst trade deficits in US history.

    But it started with them scared to call out blatant Tea Party racism, like shown in my YT vid.
    (While Howard Dean went from shoo-in, to sunk, over 1 “YeeHaw!”)

    • That’s right.
      Both sides take turns vilifying the other, and letting the other side take the heat on certain issues.
      They go back and forth over time swapping and trading places on issues.
      They even swapped colors at one point. The Democrats used to be “red,” and the Republicans were the “blue!”
      In service to their mutual overlords, the two parties are like a sideways tug-of-war battle, going back and forth, but always laterally in the same direction. It’s an old old game, but somebodies got to play it.

    • 50 million US Christian Zionists say you’re wrong, Elvin. 80% of them voted for Trump and would no more vote for Biden than they would vote for the antichrist. Actually, they would vote for the antichrist if He would bring on Armageddon. That way they would be raptured up to Heaven while the rest of us are turned into cinder cakes.

  4. Right on! I still can’t understand how so many of my intelligent (I thought) acquaintances have migrated to Trumpville. And they can’t wait to vote for hom in 2024. Right now, he probably has most votes assuming Biden won’t go again. Scary.

  5. Obviously, 600 thousand US COVID-19 deaths were all Hillary’s fault. If she hadn’t belittled 50 million crazy US Christian Zionists, forcing 80% of them to vote for Trump, he would never have been elected. More than likely, the bioweapon COVID-19, which was first deployed unsuccessfully in China, would never have been such a spectacular success as it has been in the good-old US of f-ing A.