Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton appeared to insult millions of Americans who live in the “heartland” of the nation and didn’t vote for her. She was speaking to an audience in Mumbai, India, on Saturday at the India Today Conclave.
Aroon Purie, the chairman and editor-in-chief of the India Today Group, introduced Clinton as “the woman who should have been president” at the event. “As long as President Trump continues to tweet about her, I believe she remains relevant,” he added.
Here’s the video of her comments:
Here’s what she said:
“If you look at the map of the United States, there’s all that red in the middle where [President Donald] Trump won,” she explained. “I win the coasts, I win you know Illinois, Minnesota, places like that.”
“But what the map doesn’t show you is that I won the places that represent two-thirds of America’s gross domestic product,” she continued. “So I won the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward, and his whole campaign, ‘Make America Great Again,’ was looking backwards.”
“You know, you didn’t like black people getting rights,” she added, “you didn’t like women y’know, getting jobs, you don’t want, y’know, see that Indian American succeeding more than you are, whatever your problem is, I’m gonna solve it.”
“So it was a symptom but it was also a cause because having someone run for president who voices those ideas, who rejects so much of the American story and our values, was also the underlying cause as well.”
Another deplorable remark
The comment from Clinton follows in line with the pejorative she used during the 2016 campaign about certain supporters of Trump being “deplorable.” The insult was used by Trump and his followers to accuse the Democratic nominee of harboring elitist and condescending views of Americans who didn’t live in liberal enclaves — big cities and the coastal regions.