Clinton camp: Trump's defense of extreme supporters is 'without a doubt deplorable'
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“It’s no surprise that Donald Trump is defending his most offensive views and extremist allies," Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta said in a statement. "This is the man who hired Steve Bannon, a promoter of the racist ‘alt-right’ movement, to be his campaign CEO, and has inspired white supremacists and conspiracy theorists like David Duke and Alex Jones. So it’s no wonder Trump is standing up for them yet again. This is without a doubt deplorable — but this is who he is."


Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, earlier in the day tweeted, "While Hillary said horrible things about my supporters, and while many of her supporters will never vote for me, I still respect them all!"

At a fundraiser Friday, Clinton, the Democratic nominee, said half of Trump's supporters fall into a "basket of deplorables" such as sexist, racist, homophobic, xenophobic and Islamophobic people. 

On Saturday she partially walked back the comment and said she regrets saying "half." But she said many of his actions have been "deplorable" and promised she "won't stop calling out bigotry and racist rhetoric in this campaign.”

"And this is a fight we’re eager to have. As Hillary said today, we don’t back down," Podesta said. "We will never stop calling out Trump’s bigotry and racist rhetoric, because we know our country is better than this. America is better than Donald Trump."