Priebus blasts Clinton's 'contempt' for 'ordinary Americans'
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Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus on Saturday blasted Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe dangerous erosion of Democratic Party foundations The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat Left laughs off floated changes to 2024 ticket MORE for her “basket of deplorables” comment, saying it shows her “contempt” for ordinary people.

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“By referring to millions of Americans as ‘deplorables’ and ‘irredeemable,’ Hillary Clinton is showing her outright contempt for ordinary people and proving yet again why Americans overwhelmingly regard her as dishonest and untrustworthy,” Priebus said in a statement.

“Insulting everyday Americans to a group of wealthy donors shows whose priorities Clinton really has in mind and exposes the hypocrisy of a candidate whose stated desire to unite the country is clearly all for show.”

Priebus added: “Millions of Americans are supporting Donald TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger welcomes baby boy Tennessee lawmaker presents self-defense bill in 'honor' of Kyle Rittenhouse Five things to know about the New York AG's pursuit of Trump MORE because they are sick of corrupt career politicians like Hillary Clinton who regard what voters think as an afterthought. The truly deplorable thing in this race is the shameful level of condescension and disrespect Hillary Clinton is showing to her fellow citizens.”

Clinton triggered a flood of criticism after it surfaced Friday night that she, while speaking at a fundraiser in New York, said she could put half of Trump's supporters into a "basket of deplorables" of sexism, homophobia, racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia.

She walked back the comment in a statement Saturday, saying she regrets speaking so generally.

In an RNC press call on Saturday, Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnSunday shows preview: Democrats' struggle for voting rights bill comes to a head CNN legal analyst knocks GOP senator over remark on Biden nominee Senate GOP introduces resolution to nix Biden health worker vaccine mandate MORE (R-Tenn.) said Clinton's comments showed her "elitist" perspective on the country. 

"I think Hillary Clinton got caught. She has given us an insight into an elitist attitude and what the elites think about normal, everyday, hard-working Americans who are sick and tired of what is going on in this country," Blackburn said.