Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton ignited something of a firestorm after she indicated she believes over half of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s supports are bigoted in some way.
During an event held in New York City Clinton remarked about Trump’s supporters, “To just be grossly generalistic, you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the ‘basket of deplorables.’ Right? Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it. And unfortunately, there are people like that and he has lifted them up. Te tweets and retweets offensive, hateful, mean-spirited rhetoric.”
While Clinton is not incorrect in her view of Trump supporters, she should have known her comments would become fodder for the media and their addiction to outrage. Trump wasted no time in tweeting his displeasure:
Wow, Hillary Clinton was SO INSULTING to my supporters, millions of amazing, hard working people. I think it will cost her at the Polls!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2016
Clinton slapped Trump, and Trump responded. That’s fair play. Then Trump’s son, Eric, got in on the fun and decided the correct tact to take would be to Tweet out a picture of a stadium full of people stating it was one of his father’s rallies.
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) September 10, 2016
Eric Trump’s lie did not go unnoticed, as the image he shared was actually the arena which houses the Dallas Mavericks. The owner of the Mavericks, billionaire Mark Cuban quickly called foul on the young Trump:
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) September 10, 2016
The image shared by Trump was of a rally held by his father, but the rally was held in September 2015. Whoops!