Many prominent Democrats have been vocal in their apparent disdain toward former President Donald Trump and, by extension, the millions of Americans who voted for him.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) exhibited such a sentiment last week when he questioned how so many people could have voted for a man so “despicable,” “vile,” and “racist.”
“He is a vile man”
His public demonization of Trump’s supporters came during an event in New York City with a group of community leaders.
“How could 74 million people vote for such a despicable human being as Donald Trump?” Schumer asked. “I don’t care if you’re a liberal or a conservative, Democrat or Republican — he is a vile man.”
The senator went on to describe the former president as “dishonest” and “divisive,” insisting that Trump “loves to” turn the American people against each other.
“He’s a racist,” Schumer added. “And he always appeals to the dark side of human nature, which he’s very good at, of course.”
He went on to repeat his original thought: “How did they vote for him?”
“And he has lifted them up”
Schumer’s remarks seemed to hearken back to the 2016 presidential race. Then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton took a similarly harsh tone in referencing her rival’s supporters, dismissing at least half of them as “irredeemable” and “deplorables.”
She went on to denounce Trump and his supporters in unmistakably direct terms during the same campaign event in September 2016.
“The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it,” Clinton said at the time. “And unfortunately, there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.”
Of course, Schumer and Clinton are far from the only Democrats to publicly display their opposition to Trump and his supporters. Similarly divisive commentary has come from former President Barack Obama, current President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and countless others — including an array of cable news personalities.
For a party that frequently denounces the supposed divisive nature of the Trump administration, Democrats like Schumer and Clinton have spent years sending a contradictory message by portraying the former president’s supporters as inferior humans and second-class citizens.