Hillary Clinton offended people on both sides of the aisle with her recent comments about President Donald Trump voters, and Saturday she apologized for the remarks in a lengthy Facebook post.
What did she say to offend people?
Clinton, speaking in India earlier this month, implied that her voters were people from wealthier locations, that Trump supporters tended to be racist and sexist, and that white women voted for Trump under pressure from white men.
“I won the places that represent two-thirds of America’s gross domestic product. I won the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward,” Clinton stated.
She said Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again” was “looking backwards.”
“You didn’t like black people getting rights, you don’t like women, you know, getting jobs. You don’t want to, you know, see that Indian-American succeeding more than you are. Whatever your problem is, I’m going to solve it,” is how Clinton described Trump’s message.
Clinton accused white female voters of caving to “ongoing pressure to vote the way your husband, your boss, your son, whoever, believes you should.”
After being roundly criticized for the comments by both Republicans and Democrats, Clinton felt the need to publicly apologize to those offended by what she said, although she didn’t take any of it back. Some excerpts from the post:
● "My first instinct was to defend Americans and explain how Donald Trump could have been elected. I said that places doing better economically typically lean Democratic, and places where there is less optimism about the future lean Republican."
● "I was also asked about women, specifically white women, the majority of whom have not voted for Democrats in recent history. I did better with them than previous Democratic nominees, but still lost them overall to a candidate who relies on scare tactics and false attacks, masking the fact that he is otherwise no friend to most Americans."
● "I understand how some of what I said upset people and can be misinterpreted. I meant no disrespect to any individual or group. And I want to look to the future as much as anybody."
● "So to those upset or offended by what I said last week, I hope this explanation helps to explain the point I was trying to make. And I hope now that we can get back to the real business before us: Protecting our democracy and building a future we can all share."
(H/T: The Hill)