She started the ruckus by saying that half of all Trump’s supporters were “a basket of deplorables”.
She later backed away from that but only to the extent of saying that the “half” was “wrong” but implied that many – without specifying how many – were still “deplorable”.
The US population is now about 320 million and voter turnout in November will be about 42% of the total population. Of 135 million votes Trump will get – win or lose – about 67 million votes.
Even Hillary Clinton’s grasp of arithmetic should be capable of drawing the conclusion that she has just said that
- about 33 million Americans are deplorable, and with her non-apology
- something slightly less than 33 million Americans are “deplorable”.
Having used the word “half” she can no longer claim that she actually meant that anything much less than about 33 million Americans are “deplorable”. It could be 49% of 67 million or even 45% but it certainly could not be down to 40% (26 million). It will take some disingenuity for her to get past this.