Harris Faulkner blames Hillary Clinton for hate that created MAGA: ‘I normally don’t blame one person for an entire movement’


(Video: Fox News)

Fox News’ Harris Faulkner on Friday attributed the meteoric rise of former President Donald Trump’s and his “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) movement to failed 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the “hate” she’d spewed.

“I normally don’t blame one person for an entire moment, nor do I give them total credit either. She was a specific case of bringing hate to a new level in this country,” Faulkner said on Fox News’ “Outnumbered.”

She based this assessment on Clinton’s notorious “basket of deplorables” remarks. Made on Sept. 10th, 2016, the remarks painted Trump supporters as a “basket of deplorables” who are “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it.”

“Her husband was the one in dynamically similar straits that we are today economically who said ‘I feel your pain’ to every single American. He was able to do something that really we haven’t seen anybody do since, and that’s bring the entire country together. Maybe just for that moment. Lord knows he had his issues, right,” Faulkner continued.

“But with her, it particularly was damaging for her to express her hate for half the country after having been in the White House for eight years when it wasn’t specifically like that, when people were really down and you didn’t kick them when they were down. You tried to help them with a better economy, with saying that you understood them,” she added.

The problem, the Fox News host concluded, is that these days, virtually every left-wing elitist thinks just like Clinton did back then (and presumably still does now.)

“So now you fast-forward, and we get the Clinton crowd. The Hillary Clinton version of that crowd. And we’re only growing more of them, because it’s easier sometimes to profligate hate than it is to shed your grace in love, apparently,” she said.

Faulkner’s assessment came during a discussion about New York Times conservative writer Bret Stephens’ bombshell column, published Thursday, in which he admitted that he’d been wrong to judge Trump supporters too harshly.

Watch the full discussion below:

“What were they seeing that I wasn’t? That ought to have been the first question to ask myself. When I looked at Trump, I saw a bigoted blowhard making one ignorant argument after another. What Trump’s supporters saw was a candidate whose entire being was a proudly raised middle finger at a self-satisfied elite that had produced a failing status quo,” Stephens wrote in his piece.

A “failing status quo” marked by unsafe neighborhoods, financial insecurity, burgeoning “wokeness,” and so much more.

“This was the climate in which Trump’s campaign flourished. I could have thought a little harder about the fact that, in my dripping condescension toward his supporters, I was also confirming their suspicions about people like me — people who talked a good game about the virtues of empathy but practice it only selectively; people unscathed by the country’s problems yet unembarrassed to propound solutions,” Stephens added.

The tragic though telling irony is that the bourgeoise left’s response to Stephens’ thoughtful, introspective, and empathetic piece was hate, hate, hate, with the elitists expressing outrage over him trying to practice empathy.

As is often the case, the people who preach the loudest about the need to be kind, empathetic, tolerant, and loving appear to themselves be anything but that.

Observe (*Language warning):

The fact is that many Trump supporters are themselves marginalized people whose voices have been drowned out by the loud clamor of the privileged blue checks.

Ask yourself why is it that some of the most powerful and successful people in America hate working class Trump supporters and think they are the oppressors?

It’s like contemporary America is an upside-down kingdom where bad is good, good is bad, the poor are the rich, and the rich are the oppressed. This, sadly, is, it would appear, exactly how Hillary “basket of deplorables” Clinton wants it to be …

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