We must learn to talk to leave voters without falling into the Clinton trap | Nesrine Malik | Opinion


It could be argued that the September 2016 speech in which Hillary Clinton said “you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables” was the moment she lost the White House. The phrase was rapidly deployed to define her – and liberals more generally – as out-of-touch elitists who dismissed voters as “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic – you name it,” in Clinton’s own phrase.

What was easy to miss was the second half of the quote, which posed a more difficult question for liberals: what about the “other basket” of Trump voters – “people who feel that the government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them, nobody worries about what happens to their lives and their futures; and they’re just desperate for change. It doesn’t really even matter where it comes from.”



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