Well, that was quick. Hillary Clinton’s instantly infamous follow-up to the likewise infamous “basket of deplorables” comment has already been turned into a ready-made political ad against one of her fellow Democrats, who’s recently been trying to distance herself from the increasingly toxic twice-failed presidential candidate.
A new ad run by the likely opponent of Democratic Senator Claire McCaskell, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, uses Clinton’s comments about “all that red in the middle where Trump won” she made at a conference in India last week to portray McCaskill as a Middle America-resenting elitist, like the woman she worked so hard to get elected president.
The ad opens with a teaser of Clinton’s remarks in front of audience in Mumbai, India on March 10: “If you look at the map of the United States, there’s all that red in the middle where Trump won,” says Clinton.
The screen then presents the statement used as the title shot: “In Claire McCaskill’s America…Hillary is the president.”
We cut to footage of McCaskill introducing “The first woman President of the United States of America, Hillary Clinton!”
“Senator McCaskill led the Hillary coalition,” the ad states, before cutting to a report that McCaskill was the first member of Congress to give an official presidential endorsement.
“And what does Hillary Clinton think about us?” the ad reads. As an answer, it cuts to Clinton’s statements at the conference:
If you look at the map of the United States, there’s all that red in the middle where Trump won. …
I won the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward. And his whole campaign, “Make America Great Again,” was looking backwards.
You know, you didn’t like black people getting rights, you don’t like women, you know, getting jobs. You don’t want, you know, to see that Indian-American succeeding more than you are. Whatever your problem is … working for a woman now, you don’t like it — whatever the reason was, he stirred that up.
“This is what Claire McCaskill and her ‘president’ think of you,” the ad concludes.
Clinton’s disparaging comments about Middle America aren’t the only ones she made during her trip to India that have spurred widespread condemnation. The would-be “First Woman President” also insulted women who voted for Trump, and women in general.
“We do not do well with white men and we don’t do well with married, white women,” Clinton said. “And part of that is an identification with the Republican Party, and a sort of ongoing pressure to vote the way that your husband, your boss, your son, whoever, believes you should.”
Clinton has since issued a pseudo-apology to those who “misinterpreted” her. “I understand how some of what I said upset people and can be misinterpreted. I meant no disrespect to any individual or group. And I want to look to the future as much as anybody,” she wrote in a Facebook post Sunday.