Remember that "deplorables" slur?
It didn't come out of nowhere. It came out of Martha’s Vineyard and Beverly Hills.
That was no slip of the tongue, since “Hillary always broke down Trump supporters into three baskets,” Chozick writes.
“Basket #1: The Republicans who hated her and would vote Republican no matter who the nominee.
Basket #2: Voters whose jobs and livelihoods had disappeared, or as Hillary said, ‘who feel that the government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them, nobody worries about what happens in their lives and their futures.’
Basket #3: The Deplorables. This basket includes ‘the racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic—you name it.’
“The Deplorables always got a laugh, over living-room chats in the Hamptons, at dinner parties under the stars on Martha’s Vineyard, over passed hors d’oeuvres in Beverly Hills, and during sunset cocktails in Silicon Valley,” Chozick continues.
“‘I really messed up,’ [Clinton] told aides that night,” Chozick writes of the evening when the candidate’s Deplorables shtick went public.
It's almost too predictable that Hillary Clinton had been deploying the deplorables line at posh parties with her wealthy supporters. It's very, very reminiscent of Obama's "bitter clingers" moment.
It was a much worse line and Obama survived it. Hillary didn't. But then her ability to spin her awkward moments had always been lacking.
Hillary's three baskets though also reveals more of her mindset.
Her first basket were the people who hated her. That's how she saw Republicans and the election. It was about who liked her and who didn't. The third basket consisted of bad people. And the second basket were poor people whom she could win over with government aid.
It's not just Hillary. That's how Dems tend to see Republicans.