Hillary Clinton walked back her statement about half of Donald Trump’s voters being in a “basket of deplorables” — but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of truly deplorable Trump supporters out there.
Henry Gomez, a political reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, has decided to share some of the truly deplorable messages he’s received from a certain basket of Trump voters over the past several months.
In particular, Gomez notes that many Trump supporters who email him point to his Hispanic heritage as a major reason why he shouldn’t be allowed to report on Trump’s campaign.
“I don’t think it’s a coincidence that, recently, readers have told me I should be ‘on the other side of the wall’ and that my background should ‘disqualify’ me from covering this election,” writes Gomez, whose father is of Mexican descent. “Some observers have suggested the Trump candidacy is like an online comments section come to life. But this was different. These came via email. From people using their real names.”
Of course, building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is Donald Trump’s signature campaign issue, and he infamously said that Judge Gonzalo Curiel was not qualified to oversee the Trump University case because of his “Mexican” heritage.
At any rate, here are some of the lovely things that Trump’s fans have said to him during the campaign:
- “Just another liberal ass!!!!! u people should all be on the other side of the wall”
- ” Your obvious latino background (dark, short, fat) should preclude/disqualify you from the political scene in this presidential election.”