Sen. Bernie Sanders: I Don't Think Most Trump Supporters Are Deplorable

Posted: Nov 06, 2016 12:02 PM

In a stark contrast to the Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) tweeted on Saturday that he does not think the majority of Donald Trump supporters are racists and sexists. He does, however, think they are wrong to support the candidate, but does not think they're inherently bad people.

Compare this, of course, to the rhetoric espoused by Clinton in September:

Charming stuff.

Of course, Sanders is correct. Most Trump supporters aren't racist or sexist. Sure, some are, but most of them are either fed up with the status quo or simply cannot fathom the idea of a Hillary Clinton presidency. This does not make them bad people, which is a concept that has seemingly been lost this cycle from the beginning. 

A little over a year ago, during the first Democratic primary debate, Clinton cited "The Republicans" as the enemy that she was most proud of. Republicans--also known as a group consisting of roughly half of the American population. (The other candidates said the coal lobby, the NRA, an enemy soldier who attempted to kill him, and Wall Street were the enemies they were proudest of.) None of those groups encompasses as a large segment of the population as Clinton's "proudest enemy"--and she's been starkly unapologetic about that remark. If Clinton were to be elected on Tuesday, how is there going to be any sort of bipartisan compromise on anything? 

Perhaps she should look to Sanders as an example of how to properly treat people with whom you disagree.