Quiet on Clinton’s Health, Trump Slams|’Basket of Deplorables’ Remark

     BALTIMORE (CN) — Donald Trump revved up his base Monday about Hillary Clinton calling his supporters a “basket of deplorables,” despite his son having endorsed a meme just the night before that aligns the Trump campaign with the white-nationalist movement.
     “You cannot run for president if you have such contempt in your heart for the American voter,” Trump told the National Guards Association of the United States on Monday. “You cannot lead this nation if you have such a low opinion of its people.”
     Clinton had told a New York City audience on Sept. 9 that “you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables.”
     “Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it,” Clinton had said.
     Fueling backlash against the Democrat, who has been in seclusion since falling ill at a Sept. 11 memorial service Sunday, informal Trump adviser Roger Stone tweeted an image that replaces various stars from the poster for the action movie “The Expendables” with faces from the so-called alt-right.
     “I am so proud to be one of the Deplorables,” Stone said of the lineup that includes his face alongside conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, Donald Trump Jr., Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos and the cartoon mascot of the white-nationalist movement, Pepe the frog.
     Though sometimes portrayed in Nazi uniform, or with skinhead tattoos, Pepe is sporting a Trump-style wig in the “Deplorables” meme.
     Donald Trump Jr., a surrogate of his father’s campaign, retweeted the image Sunday.
     “All kidding aside I am honored to be grouped with the hard working men and women of this great nation that have supported @realdonaldtrump,” he said.
     Despite the campaign’s reluctance to distance itself from the white-nationalist movement, Trump told supporters Monday that Clinton has “contempt in her heart for American voters.”
     “Hillary Clinton still hasn’t apologized to those she’s slandered,” said Trump. “When you’re president you’re not just president of half the people of this country and Hillary Clinton owes the American people an apology.”
     In fact, Clinton released a statement Saturday expressing “regret” for her remarks, saying the “Deplorables” comment had been “grossly generalistic.”
     “I regret saying ‘half’ — that was wrong,” Clinton said, adding that this does not affect her pledge to call out “bigotry” in Trump’s campaign.
     Trump meanwhile has not offered a single direct apology for any remarks he’s made on the campaign trail.
     Outside the Baltimore Convention Center on Monday, police kept a constant watch as Trump supporters occupied on side of major downtown street and anti-Trump supporters occupied the other.
     Chanting and slogans quickly turned to vitriol and vulgarities as the protesters called each other names across the street like 10-year-olds in a neighborhood dispute over playground games.
     Trump supporter Cheryl Davis, of Prince George’s County, said she was appalled by the rhetoric used by the anti-Trump coalition.
     “I think we need to have a public debate about the issues this country is facing, but it seems like the divide is insurmountable when it’s out on the street,” said Davis.
     Shaquan Washington, of West Baltimore, said he was protesting Trump because he thinks the candidate’s racist and sexist comments are turning the country against itself.
     “How can Trump stand up there and rally against immigrants and African Americans, and then turn around and tell us we’re better off with him rather than Hillary,” asked Washington. “We need someone that will fight for us not against us.”
     During his speech, Trump avoided discussion of Clinton’s health. The issue sprang up Sunday after video appeared of the former secretary of state stumbling and being aided into a van after leaving a 9/11 memorial service.
     While the Clinton campaign initially said the nominee was suffering from dehydration and exhaustion, her doctor later revealed that the candidate has pneumonia brought on by allergies. Clinton had mentioned allergies when a coughing fit sidelined her rally in Cleveland last week.
     The New York Times has reported that Clinton is resting at her home in Chappaqua, New York, on the advice of her doctor. The candidate’s daughter, Chelsea Clinton, will hit the campaign trail on her mother’s behalf this week, as will President Barack Obama.
     While Trump left his opponent’s health alone, he did attack Clinton about her email habits as secretary of state. Trump also accused Clinton of lying to Congress and of selling political favors to supporters of the Clinton Foundation.
     Trump concluded his speech by promising the members of the National Guard that he would support the U.S. military by making sure the best resources, manpower and technology were at its disposal.

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