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Palmieri: I Knew ‘Deplorables’ Comment Would Be A ‘Big Deal’

Amber Athey White House Correspondent

Jennifer Palmieri, the communications director on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, said Wednesday she knew Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” comment would be a “big deal” as soon as she heard about it.

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During the 2016 campaign, Clinton started a firestorm when she characterized Trump supporters as a “basket of deplorables.”

“To just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racists, sexists, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, you name it,” Clinton said in September of 2016.

Fox News anchor Dana Perino asked Palmieri if she knew that the comments would cause such heavy problems for the campaign.

“I wasn’t there when it happened, but when I heard about it, yeah, I did know it was going to be a big deal,” Palmieri admitted. “And it is, you know, as she said to be grossly generalistic, which you never should do and to characterize the…I think, in general, to characterize the motivations of voters is a dangerous thing.”

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