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.”

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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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