Interesting that you brought up Hillary’s “basket of deplorables” comment.
Victoria Lamb Hatch

Did you know that she was talking about TWO “baskets”? Only one of the baskets consisted of “deplorables”

Yes. There is relevancy and context that people usually disregard when citing that example, though, she still referred to half of Trump supporters, which are a quarter of the voting public.

Her mistake was even mentioning them, instead of attacking Trump platform and ideology. The more people attacked the voters, the more voters came to Trump’s side. They just didn’t want to admit it publically, it seems.

Her lesser mistake is making such a big generalization. Half is a substantial sum and she had no way of actually support that claim. Portraying it as a minority and perhaps phrasing it better, would have actually removed the right’s hyperventilating.

which is how Hillary described “racists, sexists, homophobes, xenophobes, and Islamophobics — in other words, BIGOTS

One side constantly invokes those terms to the point where they don’t actually mean anything. Apart from people being apprehensive about the migrant crisis and seeing illegal immigration as an issue, there is no indication of xenophobia — even if you completely disagree and find their reasonings unfair, prejudiced, or generally biased. The same with homophobia, sexism, and racism. Some are undoubted all the things you listed, but people tend to over exaggerate reality.

As for bigotry, the common interpretation is: “intolerance toward those who hold different opinions from oneself.” Intolerance can also be about political leaning, religious belief, and ideas. Not just the extremes you noted. In other words, both are showing bigotry.

This entire debate reminds me of Pride and Prejudice plot. The discussion and events are different, but at its core, the moral lesson is the same.

Not a bigot? Then she wasn’t talking about you.

I make an effort not to be. This is the extent of what I can say about myself. In a way, were all bigoted to an extent. It’s about minimizing this tendency.

The problem is generalizing. You can talk with someone and notice that bigotry, but when you separate others into groups, you mischaracterize them, which, in a way is a form of bigotry.

This is not an accusation, of course, as in a discussion (especially online), we need to make assumptions and generalize quite a bit in order to make a logical argument. The problem starts when we start believing those assertions after the discussion is over and when they are proven false. Sorry for that tangent.

By the way, if you think “deplorable” isn’t an appropriate way to describe a bigot, what would you consider to be a more fitting term?

I think ‘regressives’ is a better term. The reason for those beliefs is an effort to take society back to a more intolerant time. Though, I still don’t believe that most Americans actually are xenophobic, racist, sexist, and homophobic. We do a disservice to people by not trying to understand their point of view and the reason they behave in the way that they do.