Small Gaffes and Big Miscalculations

BY MARTIN KICH

Trump could not let Clinton’s “deplorables” comment go without a self-serving tweet:

Donald J. Trump 

✔@realDonaldTrump

While Hillary said horrible things about my supporters, and while many of her supporters will never vote for me, I still respect them all!

2:18 PM – 10 Sep 2016

 

And that tweet became an opening for Clinton to retort:

Hillary Clinton 

✔@HillaryClinton

Except for African Americans, Muslims, Latinos, immigrants, women, veterans—and any so-called “losers” or “dummies. “https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/774673449885192192 …

3:04 PM – 10 Sep 2016

 

Worse for Trump, David Duke weighed in with this image:

the-deplorables

 

The equally obvious and oblivious play on the film franchise, The Expendables, makes the phrase “unintended ironies” seem woefully insufficient.

But, in this context, Clinton’s apology seems pretty shrewd, whether it was intended to be so or not.

 

By the way, in the ever-thicker folder of items that demonstrate how Trump can make any individual or broader tragedy ultimately about him, the HuffPost Politics newsletter for today includes this:

Donald Trump Boasted His Building Was Tallest after Towers Fell on 9/11

“Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump bragged that his building was the tallest in New York City hours after the World Trade Center towers fell on Sept. 11, 2001.

“Audio of the real estate mogul’s comments was obtained and published by Politico reporter Michael Kruse on Saturday.

“In the middle of a 10-minute conversation with local television station WWOR, Trump took the opportunity to plug his 71-story skyscraper located in the financial district, just blocks away from the doomed towers. Read more.

 

 

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