Election HQ Bill Clinton Calls Trump Supporters 'Standard Rednecks'
Donald Trump's supporters are mostly "standard rednecks," former President Bill Clinton said at a rally for his wife.
"The other guy's base is what I grew up in," the former president said during a campaign stop in Fort Meyers, Fla. "You know, I'm basically your standard redneck."
Clinton went on to tell a story about West Virginia voters, saying they "only watch Fox News" and that he and Hillary agreed earlier this year that they would "never carry" the coal-producing state.
The 42nd president said when he arrived in West Virginia to campaign earlier this year, he was met by a throng of pro-Trump protesters and tried to convince them to come to the event and reconsider their positions.
Clinton said that Trump's slogan - Make America Great Again - is an attempt to convince voters they can have the economy and society of 15 years ago.
"In other words, I'll move you up on the social totem pole and others down," he said.
The "redneck" comment comes just weeks after Mrs. Clinton said at a fundraiser that half of Trump's supporters could be placed in a "basket of deplorables," referring to them as racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, [and] Islamophobic.
On America's Newsroom today, Dr. Ben Carson reacted and argued that the statement by Clinton is simply not true.
"I know a lot of people who are not rednecks who are Trump supporters, including yours truly. I don't think I'm a redneck," said Carson.
He said the election this year is not about Democrats vs. Republicans, but about "we the people vs. they, the political establishment."
Carson argued that members of both parties identify more with the establishment than with the people.
Martha MacCallum asked whether the race may be slipping away from Trump, with some recent national polls placing Clinton ahead by around 10 points.
Carson said things have changed multiple times in this race and it's not too late if Trump "gets on message and talks about the issues that affect the people."
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