Just how many of Donald Trump‘s supporters are deplorable? Hillary Clinton estimated half, with her “basket of deplorables” comment, before backing down shortly after. Keith Olbermann, in his new position as GQ‘s political correspondent, has released a new video in which he says that all of Trump’s supporters belong in that basket.
Funny, Olbermann notes, that we are in a position of not debating whether or not a presidential candidate’s supporters are deplorable, but rather how many of them are.
Clinton called Trump supporters, “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, and Islamophobic.”
Olbermann looks at the campaign insiders, starting with vice presidential nominee Mike Pence, who refused to denounce David Duke as deplorable. Then there is Trump surrogate Carl Palodino, who called for Loretta Lynch to be lynched and sent out a video of an African tribal dance with the email title “Obama inauguration rehearsal.”
Olbermann then mentions Trump making sexist comments about Megyn Kelly, Mika Brzezinski, Heidi Cruz, and Carly Fiorina.
Then there’s Robert Jeffress, the Texas megachurch pastor, who led the prayer at a Trump rally in June, a year after he said that gay rights will pave the way for the Antichrist.
Palodino’s name is evoked once again, for smearing Khzir Khan by speculating that he might be a member of the Muslim Brotherhood or a supporter of ISIS.
Katrina Pierson is called out next for her bigotry. She tweeted out, “Perfect Obama’s dad born in Africa, Mitt Romney’s dad born in Mexico. Any pure breeds left?” Oh, and Pierson is also antigay (surprise, surprise).
“These are campaign leaders, surrogates, friends of Mr. Trump. If they’re not talking to a ‘basket of deplorables’ who are they talking to?” Olbermann asks. “Why would you have them there? You say stuff like that at work, you get fired, you say it at school, you get suspended. But, happily Trump is there to say, ‘No, it’s okay to hate. Better than that, you can hate out loud! We’ll just call it ‘freedom of speech’ and ‘Make America Great Again.'”
There are also the supporters, who have routinely turned violent at rallies, including recently in Asheville, North Carolina, where a man assaulted protesters inside the rally and another man allegedly punched an elderly woman in the face for telling him he better learn Russian (due to the Trump campaign’s apparent coziness with the Putin dictatorship).
But is it not possible to be a Trump supporter who doesn’t harbor these despicable worldviews?
“If you’re not condemning this madness and repudiating these deplorable people, and you are not racist, not sexist, not homophobic, not Islamophobic or not xenophobic, if you’re supporting him not for those things but in spite of them, you are even more deplorable,” Olbermann says.
Watch the video below.