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Pence: Clinton ‘deplorables’ remark ‘extraordinarily low’ moment

Greg Nash

Hillary Clinton’s derogatory comments about Donald Trump voters were an “extraordinarily low” moment of the 2016 campaign, his running mate said Monday. 

{mosads}Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence panned Clinton for saying that half of Trump’s supporters fit into what she calls a “basket of deplorables.” 

“What Hillary Clinton did Friday night was shocking. The millions of people who support Donald Trump around this country are not a basket of anything. They are Americans, and they deserve the respect of the Democratic nominee for the president of the United States,” Pence said on CNN. 

He continued to call her comment “really shocking,” adding that someone with such a “low opinion” of the American people should never be president. 

He also dismissed Clinton’s apology on the remarks. 

The Clinton campaign issued a statement Saturday apologizing for calling “half” of Trump supporters deplorable, but stood by her statement that he gives a voice to the alt-right. 

“Did she walk it back? She said she regretted saying ‘half.’ So, what was it? 40 percent?” Pence asked. 

“She has insulted millions of Americans, and her answer to that is to regret the math that she used?”

Asked by Blitzer if he would agree to call former KKK leader David Duke “deplorable,” Pence said he was not in the “name calling business.”


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