Friday night, Hillary Clinton said out loud what our progressive friends have long been thinking. It may cost her the election.
Half of Donald Trumpâ€™s supporters, claimed Hillary, were merely anxious about the future. The other half belonged in a â€œbasket of deplorables.â€ What made them deplorable, said Hillary, was that they were â€œracist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, you name it.â€
Having been called all of these things, I can assure you that to be so defamed one need only express a common sense opinion on, say, affirmative action, gender differences, traditional marriage, immigration or terrorism â€” an opinion that the defamer may have held as recently as yesterday.
In my 2015 book, Scarlet Letters, I explored the desperate urge felt by Hillary and her fellow travelers to demonize their fellow citizens. My inspiration came after watching an HBO documentary called Fall to Grace and directed by Alexandra Pelosi â€” yes, Nancyâ€™s daughter. Pelosi revealed, without intending to, how easily the failure to follow the shifting multicultural creed could become a â€œsin.â€
The documentary tracks the career of former New Jersey governor, Jim McGreevey, the self-dubbed â€œgay-Americanâ€ disgraced in a sex and security scandal. In one passing scene, McGreevey enters an Episcopal Church ostensibly more welcoming than the hidebound Catholic Church of his childhood. The message board on the church front reads, â€œLord help us overcome the sins of racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia.â€
Had the message board been bigger, I argued, the good pastor might have added xenophobia, Islamophobia, and global warming denial. â€œAlthough there are many other ways an individual can go wrong,â€ I wrote, â€œthese stand for the moment as the seven new deadly sins.â€ In her speech, Hillary cited five of the seven. By concluding with the phrase â€œyou name it,â€ she encouraged her audience to conjure up some other new sin, â€œtransphobiaâ€ perhaps.