Embracing the Deplorable

Embracing the Deplorable

A Humorous Look Back at Hillary Clinton's Infamous Comment

In the midst of the chaotic whirlwind that was the 2016 presidential campaign, one particular phrase uttered by Hillary Clinton managed to capture the attention of the nation: "basket of deplorables." Ah, yes, those infamous words that sparked both outrage and amusement, depending on which side of the political spectrum you found yourself on. But hey, let's face it, who knew that being labeled as part of a "basket of deplorables" would become such a badge of honor?

Picture this: it's September 2016, and the race for the White House is heating up like a microwave burrito at 2 am. Hillary Clinton, in a moment of perhaps questionable political strategy, decides to address a group of donors and delivers the line that would echo throughout the remainder of the campaign: "You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables."

Cue the uproar. Social media exploded faster than a Mentos dropped into a bottle of Coke. Suddenly, being labeled a deplorable became the hottest ticket in town. MAGA hats were donned with pride, and being part of the "basket of deplorables" became a rallying cry for Trump supporters everywhere. It was as if being called deplorable was the ultimate seal of approval, the golden ticket to political notoriety.

But let's be real for a moment. What does it even mean to be a deplorable? Does it involve wearing socks with sandals or maybe using Comic Sans in professional emails? The possibilities are endless, really. In the grand scheme of things, being deemed deplorable seemed to encompass everything from questioning the political establishment to having a fondness for extra cheese on your pizza.

Fast forward to 2024, and being a deplorable is no longer just a label—it's a lifestyle. People proudly declare their deplorable status like it's a membership to an exclusive club. "I'm a deplorable, and I vote" bumper stickers adorn cars, and "Deplorable Pride" marches have become a thing. Who would've thought that a single comment could spawn such a phenomenon?

In a world where political correctness often reigns supreme, embracing the term "deplorable" is like giving a big, fat middle finger to the status quo. It's the rebel yell of those who refuse to be silenced or shamed into conformity. So, here's to you, you glorious basket-dwellers, you deplorable darlings. Wear that label like a badge of honor, and remember, in the immortal words of Hillary Clinton, "What difference, at this point, does it make?"
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