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‘Deplorables’? The candidates’ actions are deplorable

Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump
Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump

So Hillary Clinton was imprudent enough to say “you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables.” And then instead of apologizing for calling them “deplorables,” she apologized for saying “half.”

Personally I think her mistake was labeling people as deplorable. She should have called their actions, language, and behavior deplorable. Which they have been in many, many cases. But only because Trump has made himself an example of what is apparently now acceptable public behavior, at least in his camp. Personal insult, exaggeration, sexism, racism, homophobia, xenophobia, etc.

Clinton, on the other hand, has consistently weaseled, prevaricated, evaded, dissembled, and seemingly just plain lied.

We the people deserve so much better than this. Our candidates, especially those campaigning for the highest office in the land, should not be appealing to the worst in us, but to the best. They should be talking about how they are going to fix what’s broken in this country, bring us together, make our lives better, make our country stronger. They should stop trying to elevate themselves by denigrating large segments of the population and each other.

Stop talking about and insulting the other guy. Stop addressing personalities and start addressing problems and policies. Start talking to me. What are you going to do for me, my community, my state, and the nation? What’s your plan for healthcare, defense, our aging infrastructure, crime, education?

BTW: She also called the same group of people irredeemable,” which seems to me even worse than “deplorable.”

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