According to the latest Post/ABC News poll, core Donald Trump supporters tend to be white Americans who have not graduated from college. And as the editorial board wrote in a piece in Monday’s Wall Street Journal, Clinton’s comments really reflect what “today’s elite progressives believe about America’s great unwashed.” After her comments caught fire, Clinton tried to walk part of what she said back. She’s counting on the gullibility of the electorate to believe she didn’t mean what she said — a Clinton trademark.
Anyway, I’m reminded of a scene from the classic movie, “The Man Who Would be King,” starring Michael Caine and Sean Connery as Peachy Carnehan and Daniel Dravot respectively; two British soldiers who decide to venture into unexplored territory and make themselves kings. In this particular scene, Carnehan and Dravot appear before the very proper District Commissioner of the British administration in India, who accuses them of malfeasance and strikes the perfect tone as a stereotypical Clinton supporter, saying he will write a letter referring to them as “political undesirables, detriments to the dignity of the Empire.” Carnehan immediately responds, saying, “Detriments you call us? Detriments? Well, I want to remind you it was ‘detriments’ like us that built this bloody Empire.” Substitute “deplorables” for “detriments” and “the United States of America” for “this bloody Empire” and his indignant response is befitting of today’s political circumstances. View the whole classic scene here.
The Democrats should not think Clinton’s recent remarks and Obama’s “clingers” statement don’t have any consequences. The president’s remark is still vividly remembered by those he was referring to, and likely has widened the divide between middle-class voters and Democrats everywhere. Clinton’s comments will serve as a reminder to those voters that they should be skeptical of Democrats who still claim to identify with the core of working class America.