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The "Basket Of Deplorables" Exists

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Political scientist Jason McDaniel of San Francisco State University and Sean McElwee, a research associate at Demos, a left-leaning think tank conducted a study project based on the 2016 American National Election Study last January. Here are their findings:

More than 40 percent of all Republicans and more than 60 percent of Trump supporters say that Barack Obama is a Muslim.

Compared with those who backed other candidates in the Republican Party's primary, Trump supporters have "cooler feelings" toward Blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, and LGBTQ Americans, and "warmer feelings" toward whites.

Trump's supporters, by sizeable margins, are more likely than non-Trump supporters to believe that Blacks, Hispanics, and Muslims are lazier and more violent than whites.

More than 60 percent of Trump supporters believe Black people are more violent than whites; nearly 50 percent of non-Trump Republicans say this.

More than 70 percent of Trump supporters believe Muslim people are more violent than whites; roughly 60 percent of non-Trump Republicans say this.

And you are calling out Hillary Clinton for speaking the truth? These are deplorable positions and views. They represent the consensus opinion of not only Trump supporters - but of a majority of Republicans in the survey. If this study is presently reflective of the United States population at large Hillary Clinton's basket is way, way too small. This is where things get really dangerous: America is home to over 340 million people and the voting population (based on last election data) is about 149 million. In the Republican Primary Trump likes to boast that he got about 13.3 million votes to win the primary but 16 million Republicans voted against him. 95 percent of Republicans who supported Trump were white. In all, 90 percent of Republicans in the United States are white, compared with 61 percent of Democrats.

What all of this means is that as deplorable as it is large numbers of white Americans hold anti-black and/or racially resentful views. Moreover, a substantial portion of those views is politically important - period. They drive decisions about voting and party identification. Donald Trump won the Republican Party primary not because of some lily-white, sanctified campaign. No, he won precisely because he tapped in and played directly to those views supported by Republican Party elders who coddled and refused to challenge him.

So let us call a spade a spade. Shall we? Survey after survey and poll after poll points to the undisputable fact that today's Republican Party is a white, ethno-nationalist, and xenophobic organization of exclusively white Americans. At its base are racist factions like the Tea Party that is driving the national narrative and supporting Donald Trump. He's enabled and empowered the American Far Right -- a formation of formerly racist, neo-Nazi, Skinheads and other Alt-Right fringe organizations.

Let's re-define Trump's supporters once more. Deplorable - deserving strong condemnation; shockingly bad in quality.

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