But she did rule people out. She followed up her basket of deplorable comment with:
That other basket of people are people who feel that the government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them, nobody worries about what happens to their lives and their futures, and they’re just desperate for change. It doesn’t really even matter where it comes from. They don’t buy everything he says, but he seems to hold out some hope that their lives will be different. They won’t wake up and see their jobs disappear, lose a kid to heroin, feel like they’re in a dead-end. Those are people we have to understand and empathize with as well.
If you’re not racist, sexist, etc. And are voting for Trump for these reasons — not because of the racism, sexism, xenophobic rhetoric, but in spite of it — then you shouldn’t have been offended. Only the news channels didn’t really like to air this part of the speech, because it made for a less controversial soundbite.
And I’m sorry, but I think it’s reasonable to call someone’s character into question when they align themselves with a character like Trump. Of course I wouldn’t like to have my character called into question, but that doesn’t mean nobody’s character should ever be called into question. If you’re voting for Trump in spite of his racist, sexist, xenophobic comments, then you should clarify that. Otherwise, it’s normalized. Otherwise, we’re pretending it’s all okay. And in the meantime, we’re left wondering where your priorities lie.
I should also note here the irony of Trump supporters getting so worked up over being painted with too broad a brush, when one of the main draws to Trump for many seems to be that he isn’t overly cautious with his words.
And I’d also like to note that many people in your country have their characters questioned on an everyday basis, and usually, it’s about something they can’t really hide. And because of that situation, you’re now forced to experience a fraction of that as well. I know it sucks, but that’s life.