Democratic Rep. Slams Clinton’s ‘Deplorables’ Remark: ‘Maybe Worst Line I’ve Ever Heard In Politics’

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D., D.C.) / AP
• October 10, 2016 2:21 pm


Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat who represents the District of Columbia in Congress, slammed Hillary Clinton on Monday for her "basket of deplorables" remark, calling it "maybe the worse line I’ve ever heard in politics."

Holmes Norton also said that even if the person running is a racist, it is politics 101 not to attack the voters, Buzzfeed reported.

"That line, about half of somebody’s supporters being deplorables, was maybe the worst line I’ve ever heard in politics," Holmes Norton, a Clinton supporter, told Bill Press in an interview Monday. "You never–even when you’re running against a bunch of racists, you never take off against the voters. It was a politics 101 foible."

The D.C. representative then continued to rip into Donald Trump’s method of appealing to African-American voters.

She said that asking a community "what do you have to lose?" does not persuade people to want to vote for him, but instead makes people "flock" to Clinton, according to Buzzfeed.

Holmes Norton went on to blast Trump’s appeals to black voters. Asking black voters "What do you have to lose?" is "about the worst thing you can do to black people who have been in this country for 400 years being stereotyped." Every time Trump uses that line, Norton said, "We flock to Hillary."

"The broad brush of stereotyping is what least appeals to people of color," Norton added.