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‘Basket Of Deplorables’ Is Statistically Correct Phrase

September 11, 2016

Before I get to why statistically one can prove the word choice from Hillary Clinton about a ‘basket of deplorables’, a phrase used to describe the type of voters Donald Trump champions is indeed true, let me make a broader point.

Just days ago NBC’s Matt Lauer gave Trump a fact-check-free pass during a live presidential forum. There is just no other way to say it. After grilling Clinton aggressively on her email use Lauer let pass time and again the most false and incomprehensible utterances from Trump.  So let me be most direct and call the current Republican outrage devoted to Clinton’s words as the latest example of an absurd pile of poo.

This morning on Face The Nation Jamelle Bouie who is chief political correspondent for “Slate” magazine made the case most succinctly about why indeed there is a reason to sum it up as Clinton did.

Regardless of how it sounds or what it looks like, is it actually — what is the case about Donald Trump’s supporters? And if you break down the numbers and you look at the Real Clear Politics average and that gives Trump about 43 percent of the registered voters. It was about 30, 31 million people. Compare that to polls that show 65 to 70 percent of all Republicans who say that Barack Obama either wasn’t born in the United States or is a Muslim. You look at pilot data from the American National Election Study and it shows upward of 40 percent of Republicans saying things like, blacks are more violent, blacks are lazier, Muslims are more violent, Muslims are lazier. Among Trump supporters in particular, 60, 50, 70 percent of them agree with statements that political scientists categorize as being explicitly racist. So I’m — I’m looking at Clinton’s statement and half, which is about 31 million people again, doesn’t really seem that out of bounds. Forty to 50 percent of Republicans I would say, looking at the full spectrum of data, agree with beliefs that we would categorize as explicitly prejudice. So regardless of whether or not Clinton needs the walk it back or not, I think she’s being correct and accurate.

 

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