It can be reasonably argued that 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s infamous “basket of deplorables” remark about former President Donald Trump’s supporters — which essentially denounced and dismissed a substantial portion of the electorate — marked a significant and negative turning point for her failed presidential campaign.
It is now being said that President Joe Biden just experienced his own “deplorables moment” after he just wrote off roughly half of the nation’s population as being “semi-fascist,” Fox News reported.
Further, it was noted that Biden’s dismissive commentary about supporters of his political rival is entirely contrary to his prior pledges to be a unifying figure for the nation.
Biden accused Trump and his supporters of “semi-fascism”
President Biden delivered remarks at an event Thursday for the Democratic National Committee in a Maryland suburb of Washington D.C. and mentioned various changes around the world and at home in America that had, in part, prompted him to run for office in 2020.
“And when I ran the first time, I talked about there was a need to do three things,” Biden said. “One, to restore the soul of this country. By that, I meant who we are — the idea of dignity; honor — honor, making sure we — you mean what you say; treating people with respect. And — but look what’s happened.”
He said the second impetus for his run was to “restore the middle class” while the third reason was his desire “to unite the country. You know, democracy doesn’t work very well unless you can reach a consensus, and you can’t reach consensus unless you can have some unity.”
Biden then immediately contradicted all of what he had just uttered and said, “And what we’re seeing now is either the beginning or the death knell of an extreme MAGA philosophy. It’s not just — it’s not just Trump. It’s the — it’s the entire philosophy that underpins — it’s — I’m going say something — it’s almost like semi-fascism, the way in which it deals.”
Biden’s “deplorables moment” is “beyond the pale” for which he should “be ashamed”
Later on Thursday evening, Fox News host Jesse Watters addressed Biden’s derisive commentary about Trump’s supporters and said Biden “came out and called the entire MAGA movement fascists.” He also suggested that it was the current president’s “deplorables moment” that was comparable to the controversial commentary about Trump’s supporters from Clinton roughly six years earlier.
“You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right?” Clinton said at a Sept. 2016 campaign event. “The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. And unfortunately, there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.”
Watters’ guest, Karl Rove, the deputy chief of staff for former President George W. Bush, agreed with that comparison and further suggested that Biden had, for all intents and purposes, taken his prior unity pledge and “threw it in the trash can.”
He went on to say that it was understandable to have some disagreement with Trump, “But the idea that his successor would come in and denounce him and denounce the ideas that he stands for as semi-fascist is just beyond the pale.”
He went to Montgomery County: to a Democratic National Committee fundraiser and basically said everything against what he had said in his inauguration address; the pledge that he made to unite the country — he threw it in the trash bin,” Rove added. “And why did he do that? Because he wants to win in this election and he is willing to say and do anything in order to achieve his purpose. So let’s take 72,216,000 Americans and denounce them as believing in a fascist movement — he ought to be ashamed.”