The dictionary definition of “deplorable,” as used recently by Hillary Clinton, is “deserving censure or contempt.”
I think that David Duke, Trump supporter, Ku Klux Klan member and Holocaust denier who published a 700-page tract attacking the Jews deserves censure and contempt, but the Donald Trump campaign, when offered the chance to do so, declined.
I think the distasteful words and actions of Trump supporters, as documented in the New York Times article with video “Voices from Donald Trump Rallies, Uncensored” deserve censure and contempt, but the Trump campaign disagrees. In North Carolina, an elderly woman is punched, an deplorable action, yet Trump is silent.
Do the “deplorable” Trump supporters equal half of his support? We will need to hear from those who think they are not to know for sure. So I am asking for those Trump supporters who can use language and ideas not deserving of censure and contempt to let their voices be heard.
If you can support Trump without using derogatory terminology, without resorting to false narratives that have been debunked by the fact-checkers, if you can speak of your fellow humans in a respectful way that does not stereotype them, then speak up and prove the characterization inaccurate.
Richard Moore, Fresno