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Thursday, 15 September 2016

Trump seeks to profit from Clinton's 'deplorables' remark




ASTON, Pa. — From the fundraising circuit to campaign stops in places like suburban Philadelphia, Donald Trump is trying to turn Hillary Clinton's "basket of deplorables" comment from last week into this year's version of Mitt Romney's "47%" remark from the 2012 election.
Just as Romney's comment that 47% of the electorate would be with President Obama because they are "dependent upon government" undermined his campaign, Trump and his aides are looking for a similar effect from Clinton's claim that half of the businessman's supporters are racist xenophobes, saying it reflects disdain for all Americans.
"While my opponent slanders you as deplorable and irredeemable, I call you hardworking American patriots who love your country and want a better future for all of our people," Trump said this week in Iowa. His campaign has highlighted the remark in fundraising solicitations.
Trump supporters who gathered at a community gym in Aston, Pa., near Philadelphia, to hear their candidate Tuesday evening said Clinton should speak for herself.
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