John Zogby, experienced political pollster and author, spoke with the Washington Times about the current state of Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The outlook was, as he stated, “nothing short of a disaster”.
Zogby notes that a combination of Clinton’s “deplorables” comment and her recent health scare have created a picture of a campaign in distress.
The repercussions just keep rolling in: Hillary Clinton’s recent decision to call Donald Trump’s fans a “basketful of deplorables” has turned into “nothing short of a crisis” for the Democratic presidential nominee, says veteran pollster John Zogby. Ah, but it gets worse. “The entire fainting and pneumonia issue is nothing short of a disaster,” he continues, noting that the distress and drama of Mrs. Clinton’s health challenges have prompted voters to ask visceral questions about her truthfulness and judgment.
“This has all been badly done. New polls have come out that show Clinton down 5 points in Ohio, down in Florida, New Hampshire, Nevada and Iowa — and none of these polls reflect more than just one day’s sample. A new CBS Tracking Poll now shows her leading Trump 42 percent to 40 percent. I probably shouldn’t speculate, but I suspect she will lose a few more points,” Mr. Zogby continues.
“But the real crisis here is how she gets back on track. She will most likely have a good debate performance on Sept. 26. But then she still has to deal with the ‘deplorables’ thing because of what it reveals about her and her supporters. And then the release of her emails in October. She is in a tough spot.”
John Zogby correctly notes that Hillary Clinton claiming half of Donald Trump’s supporters belong in the, “basket of deplorables” has turned into a disaster for her popularity, or lack thereof, even though she tried to walk back the statement afterwards. Her campaign may try to play off her recent insult to Americans, but the truth is the “deplorables” comment has created a focal point and rallying cry for Donald Trump supporters and on-the-fence voters alike.
Rush Limbaugh even released a “I’m a Hillary Deplorable” t-shirt on his store, and stated on his radio show that, “We are selling these T-shirts; they’re flying off the shelves at iPhone 7 rates. It’s incredible!”
Rush also joked that he has sold more of these Deplorables t-shirts than Hillary Clinton has sold copies of her new book, Stronger Together. Hillary Clinton’s and Tim Kaine’s book has been declared “a flop” by The New York Times, selling only 2,918 copies in an entire week. Maybe voters have heard enough of Hillary’s lies when she speaks, that they don’t need to pick up a book to read them as well.
Hillary’s “deplorables” comment exploded on social media and become a viral rallying point for Trump supporters, as well as an attacking point for Clinton.
This comment will haunt Hillary throughout her campaign, possibly in the debates as well, and might very well be compared to Ted Cruz’s statement about “New York values” that he never really recovered from.
Judging by Clinton’s fall in the polls, and Trump’s rise, in less than a week since her comments/medical episode, even her campaign has to admit their in the middle of a political disaster:
The Washington Times article continues, with writer Howie Carr outlining a series of statements derived from the popular, “You might be a redneck if…” joke. Only this time it’s, “You might be a deplorable if…”
YOU MAY BE DEPLORABLE IF
A round of applause for Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr, who reaches out to those who support Donald Trump, otherwise known as “deplorables” these days. But how do you know if you’re a proud deplorable? A partial list of Mr. Carr’s suggestions:
“You may be a deplorable if you stand for the National Anthem. Or if you know all the words to the Pledge of Allegiance, especially, ‘under God.’ If you’re deployable, you’re definitely deplorable. Saying Merry Christmas — Deplorable with a capital D!” writes Mr. Carr.
“You may be a deplorable if you wouldn’t mind showing some ID at the local precinct before you vote. You are most assuredly a deplorable if you have more than one job,” he continues.
“Nothing says deplorable like the National Rifle Association. You may be a deplorable if you don’t think you should have to press one for English. Or if you believe that good fences make good neighbors. You’re most definitely a deplorable if you have an American flag flying in your front yard. You are a deplorable if you believe All Lives Matter. If you’ve never needed a ‘safe space,’ or heeded a ‘trigger warning’ — you’re deplorable.”
There’s no denying that Clinton’s campaign is beat up over these recent events, and her collapse on Sunday while having to leave the 9/11 memorial with health issues only added to the already weak candidate’s problems.
Although you won’t hear any mainstream media pundits daring to describe Hillary Clinton’s campaign as a “disaster” publically, you can bet there are whispers behind closed doors of the very real possibly of losing this election.
I have no doubt that barring some extreme health event on Clinton’s part, that the Democratic party, media pundits and political insiders will push/pull/drag her across the finish line in November. But if it comes to that, she’ll be crossing the finish line behind Donald Trump.