During the two presidential debates (or should I say debates between presidential candidates?) Hillary Clinton has lambasted Donald Trump for attacking women, Hispanics, African-Americans, Muslim-Americans and the disabled. Trump has, indeed, attacked members of these groups, sometimes in disgusting ways. However, his attacks have not been categorical ones directed at entire classes of Americans.
By contrast, Hillary Clinton and her close advisers have attacked broad swathes of the American population in categorical terms. Hillary sees about 20 percent of the populations as deplorables who are beyond redemption.
Meanwhile, as John has noted, Clinton’s communications director Jennifer Palmieri has attacked Catholics, other than those who decline to follow core Church doctrines, and evangelicals. The attacks appear in emails divulged by Wikileaks.
The best Palmieri could come up with when asked about the emails was this non-denial denial: “I don’t recognize that email that we saw.” But those of us who have listened to a certain kind of liberal speak in private about conservative Catholics and evangelicals will recognize the bigoted content of emails as well as the narrow-mindedness, ignorance, condescension, and arrogance they express.
Finally, let’s not forget that Huma Abedin, perhaps the closest Clinton adviser of them all, has expressed her contempt for American Jews. In a leaked email, she urged that Bill Clinton reject an invitation to speak before the American Israel Public Affairs Council (AIPAC), saying “u really want to consider sending him into that crowd?” (Emphasis added)
AIPAC is a bipartisan, mainstream American Jewish organization that has always warmly greeted both Bill and Hillary Clinton. Members of “that crowd,” as Abedin derisively called it, are defined by (1) being American Jews and (2) supporting Israel. This was enough to cause Abedin to insult them and argue that Bill Clinton ought not appear before them.
When you add to the “deplorables” those conservative Catholics, evangelicals, and American Jewish supporters of Israel who aren’t per se deplorable in Hillary’s view, you are probably talking about 30 to 40 percent of the American public. Such is the magnitude of Clintonista antipathy towards Americans. Indeed, I would submit, it’s the magnitude of left-liberal antipathy.
Does Trumpism reach that level of antipathy? I doubt it.