The Latest: Trump Says ‘Basket of Deplorables’ Comment Is ‘Biggest Mistake of Political Season’

September 12, 2016 Updated: September 12, 2016
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WASHINGTON—The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):

1:11 p.m.

Donald Trump is criticizing Hillary Clinton for suggesting that half of his supporters belonged in “a basket of deplorables.”

Trump, speaking Monday in Baltimore, said he was “deeply shocked and alarmed to hear my opponent attack, slander, smear and demean” his supporters.

The Republican nominee was speaking at the annual National Guard Association convention and suggested that Clinton was attacking those in uniform, whether in the military or law enforcement.

He says of Clinton, “She called them every vile name in the book.”

Clinton has said she regrets using the term, “half,” to describe the proportion of Trump supporters she considers “deplorables.” But she didn’t back down from describing his campaign as largely built on prejudice and paranoia.

 

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9:25 a.m.

Trump, meanwhile, came out with a new ad highlighting rival Hillary Clinton’s comments saying half of his supporters fit into a “basket of deplorables.”

The ad features footage of Clinton speaking at a Friday fundraiser, where she described the “deplorables” as “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic—you name it.”

A narrator says in the video: “You know what’s deplorable? Hillary Clinton viciously demonizing hard-working people like you.”

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton walks from her daughter's apartment building Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in New York. Clinton unexpectedly left Sunday's 9/11 anniversary ceremony in New York after feeling "overheated," according to her campaign. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton walks from her daughter’s apartment building Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in New York. Clinton unexpectedly left Sunday’s 9/11 anniversary ceremony in New York after feeling “overheated,” according to her campaign. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Clinton has said she regretted generalizing so broadly.

Trump’s campaign says it will spend around $2 million to run the ad this week in the battleground states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Florida.

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8:45 a.m.

Trump wants to debate Clinton without a moderator because the debate system is “being rigged.”

Trump said Monday on CNBC that he fears he won’t be treated fairly. The first of three debates is scheduled for Sept. 26.

He said NBC’s Matt Lauer was wrongly criticized for going easy on Trump during a televised forum on national security last week. He said that debate moderator is going to “try to be really hard on Trump just to show, you know, the establishment what he can do.”

Trump said that instead of having a moderator, “let Hillary and I sit there and just debate, because I think the system is being rigged.”

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7:45 a.m.

Trump says that rival Hillary Clinton’s comment painting half of his supporters as a “basket of deplorables” is the “biggest mistake of the political season.”

Clinton was at a fundraiser on Friday when she said that she would put “half of Trump’s supporters” into “the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic – you name it.” She has since apologies for being “grossly generalistic.”

Trump said Monday in a phone interview on “Fox and Friends” that when he heard the comment, he “thought that it was not something that was within the realm of possible that she would have said it.”

The Republican presidential nominee said that being elected to the White House means: “You’re president of all the people.”

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7:30 a.m.

Trump says he’s planning to release detailed health information from a new physical exam in the coming days.

The Republican nominee told “Fox and Friends” that he had a physical examination last week. He said he expects a report this week and he’ll “be releasing very, very specific numbers.”

He said: “Hopefully they’re going to be good. I think they’re going to be good. I feel great.”

The announcement comes after rival Hillary Clinton became ill at a 9/11 anniversary ceremony in Manhattan Sunday and was captured stumbling by amateur video.

Trump’s move is likely to increase pressure on Clinton to release more information about her health.

Clinton has so far released more details about her health than Trump.

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7:20 a.m.

Trump says he hopes Clinton “gets well soon” after her abrupt departure from a 9/11 anniversary ceremony following a health episode.

Trump said in an interview on “Fox and Friends” Monday morning that: “Something’s going on, but I just hope she gets well and gets back on the trail and we’ll be seeing her at the debate.” The first of three debates is scheduled for Sept. 26.

Video captured of the Democratic nominee shows her staggering and slumping forward as she was helped into a van leaving the Sunday ceremony in Manhattan.

Her doctor says she is fighting a case of pneumonia.

Epoch Times contributed to this report.