To The Daily Sun,
In a letter published on Sept. 15, Jim Mayotte declared himself and his wife to be "deplorables." As Secretary Clinton was incorrectly "grossly generalistic" in her statement, perhaps Mr. Mayotte and other letter submitters are also doing the same in inferring that she called anyone who supports Mr. Trump a deplorable.
Her quote was, "You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophopic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up."
She did not call every supporter of Mr. Trump a deplorable. Perhaps Mr. Mayotte wishes to self-identify as a racist, or a sexist, or a homophopic, or a xenophobic or an Islamaphobic, but that is his choice.
Many people supporting Mr. Trump are very forthright in self-identifying as proudly having one or more of these biases and say they support him because he verbalizes these biases and will act to minimalize the groups of people they have these biases against. Yet there are also Trump supporters who do not share these biases and they do not feel that Secretary Clinton's comment reflects on them. It is not being a supporter of Mr. Trump that she considers deplorable but rather it is acting against and demonizing groups of people based on one or more of these biases that she considers deplorable.
Mr. Trump has made name-calling a cornerstone of his campaign, both in the primary process against his challengers and their supporters and now against Secretary Clinton and her supporters. So I find it ironic that Trump supporters, who delight at his name-calling toward others, now are surprised that someone might direct name-calling their way. Perhaps it will give his supporters some appreciation for and understanding of the way so many feel degraded by Mr. Trump's unrelenting name-calling being directed at them day after day.
And Mr. Mayotte, many of them are veterans as well.
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