Hillary Was Right: A Parade of ‘Deplorables’


This time, impeachment managers had something they didn’t have a year ago: optics. The amazing, appalling, disgusting pictures of the Capitol rioters. Links to videos of Donald Trump’s speeches and replicas of his tweets. Images of the blood-up rioters. All this made for riveting evidence that would convict the former president — if the jury was made up of ordinary citizens.

We saw the faces of hatred, violence, and blind allegiance to a leader that could only be called a cult. But that would be too kind. Hillary got it right: we saw the Deplorables; on September 9, 2016, she described what we saw this week:

“You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right?” Clinton said. “The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic—you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.”

Floyd McKay
Floyd McKay
Floyd J. McKay, emeritus professor of journalism at Western Washington University, covered Pacific Northwest politics as a reporter and opinion writer for four decades, primarily in Oregon. He was commentator/news analyst at KGW-TV (King Broadcasting) from 1970 to 1987. Previously a print reporter, he returned to print and online reporting and commentary from 2004 to 2017 with the Seattle Times Op-ed page and Crosscut.com. He is the author of Reporting the Oregon Story: How Activists and Visionaries Transformed a State (Oregon State University Press, 2016). He lives in Bellingham.


  1. Please enough of the insulting – state the facts, show the films, and the people will decide in 2022 . 70,000,000 people in this country are not deplorable as are not 80,000,000 righteous


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