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Last Chance for the ‘Deplorables’

Speaking to 1,000 of the overprivileged at an LGBT fundraiser, where the chairs ponied up $250,000 each and Barbra Streisand sang, Hillary Clinton gave New York’s social liberals what they came to hear.

“You could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right?” smirked Clinton to cheers and laughter. “The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, you name it.” They are “irredeemable,” but they are “not America.”

This was no verbal slip. Clinton had invited the press in to cover the LGBT gala at Cipriani Wall Street where the cheap seats went for $1,200. And she had tried out her new lines earlier on Israeli TV:

“You can take Trump supporters and put them in two baskets.” First there are “the deplorables, the racists, and the haters, and the people who … think somehow he’s going to restore an America that no longer exists. So, just eliminate them from your thinking.”

And who might be in the other basket backing Donald Trump?

They are people, said Clinton, “who feel that the government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them. … These are people we have to understand and empathize with.”

In short, Trump’s support consists of one-half xenophobes, bigots, and racists, and one-half losers we should pity.

And she is running on the slogan “Stronger Together.”


Her remarks echo those of Barack Obama in 2008 to San Francisco fat cats puzzled about those strange Pennsylvanians.

They are “bitter,” said Obama, they “cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustration.”

In short, Pennsylvania is a backwater of alienated Bible-banging gun nuts and bigots suspicious of outsiders and foreigners.

But who really are these folks our new class detests, sneers at, and pities? As African-Americans are 90 percent behind Clinton, it is not black folks. Nor is it Hispanics, who are solidly in the Clinton camp.

Nor would Clinton tolerate such slurs directed at Third World immigrants who are making America better by making us more diverse than that old “America that no longer exists.”

No, the folks Obama and Clinton detest, disparage, and pity are the white working- and middle-class folks Richard Nixon celebrated as Middle Americans and the Silent Majority.

They are the folks who brought America through the Depression, won World War II, and carried us through the Cold War from Truman in 1945 to victory with Ronald Reagan in 1989.

These are the Trump supporters. They reside mostly in red states like West Virginia, Kentucky, and Middle Pennsylvania, and southern, plains, and mountain states that have provided a disproportionate share of the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who fought and died to guarantee the freedom of plutocratic LGBT lovers to laugh at and mock them at $2,400-a-plate dinners.

Yet, there is truth in what Clinton said about eliminating “from your thinking” people who believe Trump can “restore an America that no longer exists.”

For the last chance to restore America, as Trump himself told Christian Broadcasting’s “Brody File” on Friday, September 9, is slipping away:

“I think this will be the last election if I don’t win … because you’re going to have people flowing across the border, you’re going to have illegal immigrants coming in and they’re going to be legalized and they’re going to be able to vote, and once that all happens, you can forget it.”

Politically and demographically, America is at a tipping point.

Minorities are now 40 percent of the population and will be 30 percent of the electorate in November. If past trends hold, 4 of 5 will vote for Clinton.

Meanwhile, white folks, who normally vote 60 percent Republican, will fall to 70 percent of the electorate, the lowest ever, and will decline in every subsequent presidential year.

The passing of the greatest generation and silent generation, and, soon, the baby-boom generation, is turning former red states like Virginia, North Carolina, Colorado, Arizona, and Nevada purple, and putting crucial states like Florida and Ohio in peril.

What has happened to America is astonishing. A country 90 percent Christian after World War II has been secularized by a dictatorial Supreme Court with only feeble protest and resistance.

A nation, 90 percent of whose population traced their roots to Europe, will have been changed by mass immigration and an invasion across its Southern border into a predominantly Third World country by 2042.

What will then be left of the old America to conserve?

No wonder Clinton was so giddy at the LGBT bash. They are taking America away from the “haters,” as they look down in moral supremacy on the pitiable Middle Americans who are passing away.

But a question arises for 2017.

Why should Middle America, given what she thinks of us, render a President Hillary Clinton and her regime any more allegiance or loyalty than Colin Kaepernick renders to the America he so abhors?

Patrick J. Buchanan is a founding editor of The American Conservative and the author of book The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority [1].

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#1 Comment By Mac61 On September 13, 2016 @ 12:28 am

Good piece. I couldn’t agree more. The sad thing is that many Mexican Catholics are voting against their own rights to free speech and freedom of religion by mindlessly sticking with the Leftist Democrat party. But it also raises the question–why was there not one single articulate conservative who can make the case for intelligent immigration reform? I teach in New Mexico near the border. We’ve discussed the election. To a person, my students will not forgive Trump for his “rapist” and “criminal” remarks. I don’t blame them at all. Trump drove Hispanics away.

#2 Comment By Clint On September 13, 2016 @ 12:56 am

Then again, Hillary Clinton’s camp appears to be attempting to divert attention away from her own Deplorable Basket of Emails.

#3 Comment By Kurt Gayle On September 13, 2016 @ 1:26 am

Many Democrats, too, are sickened by these insults that Hillary Clinton has hurled at tens of millions of Middle Americans — and among some Democrats there is growing talk of forcing Clinton off the Democratic ticket.

“Cokie Roberts: Some Democrats “Nervously Beginning To Whisper” About Replacing Hillary”

“[Yesterday] on NPR’s Morning Edition, ABC News contributor and columnist Cokie Roberts said that Democrats are ‘nervously beginning to whisper’ about what might happen if their nominee for president Hillary Clinton has to step aside for health reasons.”

Cokie Roberts, Monday, September 12th: “…The polls are tightening and Democrats were already saying that Hillary was the only candidate who could not beat Trump, and [her health is] taking her off of the campaign trail, cancelling her trip to California today. It has them very nervously beginning to whisper about her stepping aside and finding another candidate…I think it’s unlikely to be a real thing. I’m sure it’s an overreaction about an already-skittish party, but you know, they have looked at what happens in that circumstance. The Democratic National Committee convenes the convention, and they vote. Ironically the candidate everyone looks at is Joe Biden, who is even older than Hillary, and then again, so is Donald Trump. But there is enough unhappiness that this kind of sotto voce stuff is going on.”


#4 Comment By libertarian jerry On September 13, 2016 @ 3:22 am

In the end its all economic. 100 years and more ago the great fear among the middle and upper classes in America was the influx of “foreign elements” such as Southern and Eastern Europeans mainly Italians,Jews and Slavs. Yet these immigrants,within 2 or 3 generations,became ensconced,by and large,in the Middle and Upper economic strata of the nation and thus tended to be more conservative in their economics and politics. The only difference today is not racial or ethnic but,instead,with the tremendous growth in the government and its inherent Welfare State,becoming a magnet for “3rd World” immigration. The Welfare State being something that hardly existed at the beginning of the 20th Century.
In the end,the Left and especially the Democrat Party have gained political power with the creation of the “dependency class” which consists mainly of people riding the government gravy train either on one form of the Dole or another and or as large scale members of the government employee class. Do away with the Welfare State and you restore the traditional economic ladder of the past. No matter where the immigrants come from.

#5 Comment By mrscracker On September 13, 2016 @ 10:32 am

Mac61 ,
I don’t get it either. Immigration shouldn’t be used to score political points on either side.
Trump really missed the boat on that. He could have talked about national security needs rather than demean & permanently alienate a whole group of people.

#6 Comment By EliteCommInc. On September 13, 2016 @ 11:01 am

It doesn’t really matter who they replace Sec Clinton with, her comments are their sentiments. They have been openly saying this for more than twenty years. Until the mess of 2003 which crumbled conservative credibility it was generally ignored. But since that time liberals have come out of the woodwork openly with their nasty “depersonalizations” of people like me.

The level of filth that people have been willing to wade in openly — just seems to have no bounds. Her comments are no big deal. They represent what is the democratic prayer.

People accuse me of not being respectful of the popular, the powerful, and even scripture says, one should fear them because they can make life miserable. Respect is hard to quantify these days. Because the people who are supposed to be the best and the brightest, among the elite, my better in every way — just on’t have my faith as or admiration as they once did. If agreement is what is meant by respect, I am on shaky ground. It doesn’t take much for people to create faux narratives and then hone in on the some tidbit to confirm it, so as to dismiss them.

To follow the world is to follow folly in the end. And i just won’t do it, this kind of characterizations minus any depth of background to make them plausible have been determining futures since men and women walked out of the garden. I chagrin it when Mr Trump does it as much s anyone else.

I think of WWI and WWII men signed up to fight for a country right along side the deplorable. Being deplorable as I must be doesn’t make my political position on issues wrong.

I oppose open borders (shuld have been a temporary moratorium after 9/11 – say five years)

I oppose same sex marriage, despite people I know and like choosing a same sex relational dynamic.

I oppose wars that are not directly related to the threats against the US or her allies. Even Afghanistan was careless and unnecessary to the task — i care not which Harvard, Yale or Stanford grad calls me unpatriotic, a coward or something worse.

I oppose bail outs when companies are deliberately careless and for which no benefit is to the bailiffs and no corrective action is place

I oppose trade agreements that do not benefit the country – that is afterall the purpose of Us government

I think killing children in the womb is worse than our slavery and its consequence though I suspect slavery helped create a rhetoric that made killing children doing so.

government is a necessary evil, and should be held on a tight leash including the police, if you are going to whine about gov. unions, and exempt the police union, you’re a bent reed

I oppose inebriating substances

The list of deplorable beliefs are many . . .

I intend to keep them, including celibacy and sobriety

Deplorables I could or should lose — bitterness and my occasional list of expletives

Deplorable I am and deplorable I shall remain. Until that day I am fully known and fully know.

#7 Comment By jayneb On September 13, 2016 @ 1:39 pm

You can argue about the correct percentage all you want — but it is in fact a fact that many Trump supporters are “deplorable.” Trump basically says so himself. What does it say when Trump announces he could shoot someone in downtown New York and HIS voters would still love him. I’d say he disrespect for his own followers is much greater than Hillary’s.

#8 Comment By JonF On September 13, 2016 @ 2:09 pm

Re: A country 90 percent Christian after World War II has been secularized by a dictatorial Supreme Court with only feeble protest and resistance.

This is a disastrous misdiagnosis of the problem. The Supreme Court has nothing to do with it. Nothing at any level of government does. If people are not going to church it’s because they are deciding not to. One may deplore that trend (in fact, I do), but for sure misunderstanding its cause is no help if your goal is to reverse it.

Re: The polls are tightening

Polling did tighten a bit as Hillary’s large convention bounce wore off. But now the polls have plateaued again about where they were before the conventions. See: [3]

#9 Comment By david helveticka On September 13, 2016 @ 2:23 pm

As an older guy whose politics were formed during the Vietnam War era, I can say the enemy of the counter-cultural left was the Nixon Silent Majority. These were the “new left”..the folks hiding out in the communities growing up around the universities and colleges.

These folks were afraid to venture out among the working folks where they would be ostracized and attacked. So they hid out in the universities, and made careers as educators, and the politically oriented non-profits foundations. They got control of the big foundations like Ford Foundation, where they could twist these organizations to become major advocates for their counter-cultural ideas. In most cases, they were unable to really do anything productive, to feed or clothe or really help the poor. But they earned lucrative incomes and easy lives by basically attacking the mainstream working folk values they hated so much.

Now these counter-cultural leftists have gotten the power to “change” America…and they elected Obama!

Where was the “conservative” movement when this was happening…basically touting silly economic libertarian fantasies about a “free market”, whose result has been the destruction of the industrial might of America, exported jobs and imported cheap labor, joining the counter-cultural left in their labor of destroying the economic security of the old “Nixon Silent Majority”.

The establishment Republicans and establishment “conservatives” like to bring up Ronald Reagan, but it was NIXON who created the political coalition on which Reagan appealed to.

Sad as I go into retirement to know that the New Left controls the government, the economy, and it was all made possible by the establishment Republicans and their ilk that made it all possible.

#10 Comment By david helveticka On September 13, 2016 @ 2:29 pm

Basically, I’ve never disagreed with Pat Buchanan on much of anything, and especially the conclusions he makes in this column.

But like Trump, poor Mr. Buchanan has been silenced and ostracized by the counter-cultural elite that elected OBAMA, and sadly aided and abetted by the “conservative” establishment which he labored for years to build with Reagan and Nixon.

That is the real sadness about the end of America, it was made possible by people who claim to be “conservative”…

#11 Comment By Noreastern On September 13, 2016 @ 2:58 pm

I have nothing but respect for Pat Buchanan but he overlooks the fact that the US was built on the backs of immigrants. We accept anyone and integrate them into our society. The Irish Catholics who a century ago were outcasts in this society have become part of the backbone that makes the US great. People of Asian decent have become one of the highest productive demographics in this country. The way forward is not to shut off immigration but to incorporate immigrants quickly into our society. That has always been our way.

#12 Comment By jbd On September 13, 2016 @ 4:05 pm

This article assumes that (a) minorities are inevitably and monolithically antiRepublican, (b) Mexcans mostly come here to get free stuff rather than to work, and (c) the Republicans could never win or come close to breaking even with Latino voters. All three assumptions are demonstrably false. They only become true when Republicans play Buchanan/Trump-style politics. Mostly, Mexicans come here to work very hard for very little. They dream of owning their own contracting business, having their own little home, and maybe a shiny new truck. That’s not to say we should let them all in; we should put our own citizens first. But let’s not pretend they threaten our way of life the way Muslim migrants do in Europe. They should be so lucky as to have our immigration problems. And one day, if Republicans get their act together, Mexicans will vote Republican. Do you think they like paying for freeloaders? Transgender pronouns? And while we’re at it, what do those Asians now voting D think of affirmative action quotas? I respect Mr Buchanan, but he doesn’t see obvious opportunities and thinks like a political loser.

#13 Comment By Myron Hudson On September 13, 2016 @ 4:52 pm

Any small amount of time spent online will reveal language, behavior and attitude among Trump supporters that is truly deplorable. No getting around that. The shoe fits.

Maybe not half, but you can’t miss it even if you’re not looking for it. But I guess it’s not PC to call it out?

#14 Comment By JonF On September 13, 2016 @ 5:02 pm

Re: Now these counter-cultural leftists have gotten the power to “change” America…and they elected Obama!

You are talking about majority of the electorate in both 2008 and 2012. Deal with it.

#15 Comment By Viriato On September 13, 2016 @ 6:07 pm

Noreastern wrote: “That has always been our way.”

That is demonstrably false.

#16 Comment By Clint On September 13, 2016 @ 7:01 pm

Re: The polls are tightening

Many of the state battleground polls show that – as with the national polls – the race is narrowing into almost a dead heat.
The polls were taken before Clinton’s medical episode and pneumonia at the September 11 memorial; the first two national polls to come out that include September 11 as part of the period tested show Trump leading by 3 percent in the LA Times USC daily tracking poll and Clinton leading by 4. However, the latter poll, by NBC News/SurveyMonkey contained concerning signs for Clinton as it shows a narrowing in that online poll compared to previously and erosion in support for her among independents.

#17 Comment By kalendjay On September 13, 2016 @ 7:04 pm

The country has indeed been built on the backs of immigrants, but we are now dealing with the willfully unassimilateable generation, whose Hispanic roots on US soil go back to Cortez, and the legacy of encomiendas and material wastefulness. California is still heavily Hispanic, dirt poor, and violent. At some point this is no longer a quaint manifestation of colorful geographic particularism. Vast swathes of the Far West are holes of poverty and despair. Puerto Rico is depopulating as the residents take on the ghetto stigmatization of working. Hispanic males are actually setting as poor or poorer an example than whites or blacks against their female counterparts in work, self support, and childraising.

So we now have perpetual immigrants in their own land, who cannot distinguish a migrant from an actual immigrant, and who take immigration quota busting as “immigration reform”. So there are other deplorables than Ozark types who had the bad luck to sustain traditions that predated but also existed simultaneous to the Civil War, the 20’s and the Great Society.

Which is not to say that Hiilary isn’t a tribalist, depicting disparate LGBT’s as an oppressed, fighting class. Just read her entire speech.

#18 Comment By Intelliwriter On September 13, 2016 @ 7:34 pm

There was a time when it was common to see “Irish need not apply.” Today it’s Hispanics. I fail to see how they are any less worthy of the American Dream. Originally this country belonged to brown people. Maybe they’d like to have their country back.

Trump’s campaign is openly racist. Embracing it is deplorable.

#19 Comment By cdugga On September 13, 2016 @ 8:34 pm

Racist, sexist bigots that are homophobic, islamaphobic, ah, we left out misogynistic, are indeed deplorable. Are we defending those groups, or are we denying that a good percentage of trump supporters, maybe even a basket worth, are those types? Myself? I give trump supporters more credit and lean more towards describing them as just plain mad. Some probably have gone mad. If I pity them it is no more than the pity I have for all the other competing victims groups, with the caveat that crying white men should be an oxymoron. Of course, even while asking trump to make them great again as he panders to their victimhood, they will insist they are not to be pitied. And I agree. Oh, and I am a trump supporter. But I am not deplorable or pathetic. I’m just the devils advocate. We have to hit bottom before bouncing back up. Or bouncing somewhere. Back and forth for awhile, probably. With hillary we will be stuck in that same ole rut of gerry mandered temper tantrums of obstruction with concomitant executive over reach. Throw in some endless supreme court confirmations and the news will become as mundane and inane as an eleventh season of watching rotunda try to win being the biggest loser.

#20 Comment By Nate On September 13, 2016 @ 9:42 pm

“The Irish Catholics who a century ago were outcasts in this society have become part of the backbone that makes the US great.”

The Irish Catholics are a poor example as the areas of the country they heavily settled have become ‘progressive’ strongholds that have rejected both Catholic morality and the Protestant values that the nativists sought to protect. Progressivism isn’t the backbone of America, it is the cancer killing America.

#21 Comment By John S On September 14, 2016 @ 7:42 am

“These are the Trump supporters.”
Mr. Buchanan neglects to mention the FSB via its cut-out Wikileaks.

Mr. Buchanan once wrote in another context: “If we are now secretly pumping cash into the free elections of friendly countries, to dump leaders President Obama dislikes, Americans have a right to know why we are using Cold War tactics against democracies.”

Mr. Buchanan never asks why Russia is using Cold War tactics against the United States.

#22 Comment By Student On September 14, 2016 @ 8:06 am

Trump exposed much of the corruption and sleaze in the Republican leadership. We now know about the Ryans, the Romney’s and their ilk. If he is elected, we could expect a massive housecleaning in the Federal agencies. This is one reason why he is he is being resisted so fiercely by Slims’ NY Times, Bezos’ Washington Post, and the entire establishment and media elite.
I fear they are simply too strong…we learned about the collapse of empires in grade school. We are watching the process now.

#23 Comment By The Wet One On September 14, 2016 @ 3:25 pm

Just for the record, Kellyanne Conway’s prior (as in February) views on Trump supporters:


Ignore the source, listen to the audio clip of Ms. Conway words.

Remember, this is straight from one of Trump’s own chief insiders. Just listen to her words.

#24 Comment By ThaomasH On September 14, 2016 @ 5:13 pm

Mr. Trump’s supporters are not deplorable, but about half do hold deplorable views, such that President Obama is a Muslim or that the President was not born in the United States.

#25 Comment By VikingLS On September 14, 2016 @ 10:25 pm

Having gone through the immigration process LEGALLY to all of you that can’t understand the difference between legal and illegal immigration, try this, spend thousands of dollars and a year or two of your life waiting to see if a person you love can enter the country and NOT KNOW until you actually get said person to the border.

You want to give me my money and my time back? And you want to do that for all the other people who went through this and followed the rules?

We don’t have open borders. Mexico doesn’t have open borders. It’s not unreasonable for the Mexicans to respect our borders, it’s not racist, any more than it’s racist for Mexico to expect it’s neighbors to respect their borders.

Or, if you think it is, you’ve got a lot of legal immigrants in this country you owe reparations.

We could use a few bucks. Go for it.

#26 Comment By Edmund Wolsey On September 15, 2016 @ 10:24 pm

“A nation, 90 percent of whose population traced their roots to Europe, will have been changed by mass immigration and an invasion across its Southern border into a predominantly Third World country by 2042.”

Are you defining ‘third-world’ as ‘non-white’?

#27 Comment By bacon On September 16, 2016 @ 12:14 pm

TAC comments provide a continuing chuckle for this Democrat and Obama voter. Hated because he’s black, because he’s a Democrat, because of his unruffled approach to his critics, the list could go on. Maddening that he was twice elected president and still has >50% approval ratings, eh?

#28 Comment By Jon R On September 16, 2016 @ 3:31 pm

The deplorable comment was generalizing and a political mis-step, but you’re kidding yourself if you think there is not truth behind it. From the Washington Post:

“A number of polls have revealed the depth of racial resentment among Trump’s supporters, and more than half of them are in the proverbial basket. While 65 percent of his supporters think President Obama is a Muslim, only 13 percent think that he’s a Christian. Fifty-nine percent think Obama was not born in the United States, and only 23 percent think he was. Twenty percent nationwide think it was a bad idea that slaves were emancipated, and 16 percent in South Carolina think that whites are a superior race.”

Those are deplorable views. I find it ironic that Trump has risen to popularity by bringing sentiments like this into the mainstream, and now Clinton might lose because she pointed out that these views are there.

#29 Comment By Fear Of A White Planet On September 16, 2016 @ 8:53 pm

@bacon: “TAC comments provide a continuing chuckle for this Democrat and Obama voter. Hated because he’s black, because he’s a Democrat, because of his unruffled approach to his critics, the list could go on. “

I’m a longtime TAC reader, paleocon. I dislike him because he ratified and then intensified the signature errors and botches of his Republican predecessor. For a Democrat to double down on needless interventions, mass surveillance, fiat assassination and other systematic violations of the Constitution and civil rights was pretty shocking.

“Maddening that he was twice elected president and still has >50% approval ratings, eh?”

Not really. Obama’s average job approval rating (47.0) is even lower than Bush II’s (49.4). He’s down in Ford / Carter territory, ranking 11th among the last 13 presidents. Considering the damage he’s done, all the expectations of “hope and change” that he dashed, I’d say his approval rating is about right.

#30 Comment By paradoctor On September 17, 2016 @ 4:03 am

If “social justice warriors” are privileged self-righteous tone-deaf well-meaning lesser-evil sell-out scolds, fighting against deluded deplorable sexist racist bigoted greater-evil fascist trolls, then Hillary Clinton is an SJW, Donald Trump is a troll, and this election is Gamergate.