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Response to Hillary Clinton
"Basket of Deplorables" Comments
Remarks by Mike Pence

September 10, 2016

Vice Presidential Candidate Governor Mike Pence spoke at the Value Voters Summit in Washington DC. In the course of his speech, he addressed Hillary Clinton's "Basket of Deplorables" remarks at a New York city fundraiser. Here is the transcript of that portion of Governor Pence's speech:

Hillary Clinton, in remarks that were made in New York city, just last night, bear repeating. Let me see where someone put them here.

[Audience laughs]

[Looks through papers on podium]

Take your time.

[Audience laughs]

[Continues looking through papers on podium]

Hillary Clinton said last night, at a big fundraiser in New York city, that the American people, that millions of Americans that are supportive of my running mate, are described in the most deplorable of terms. It’s extraordinary to think of it. She referred to those people as “irredeemable”.

Well I will tell you right now, I campaign on a regular basis with Donald Trump. I campaign all across this country for Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton’s low opinion of the people that support this campaign should be denounced in the strongest possible terms. The truth of the matter is that the men and women who support Donald Trump’s campaign are hard working Americans. Farmers. Coal miners. Teachers. Veterans. Members of our law enforcement community. Members of um, members of uh... every class of this country who know that we can make America great again.

So let me just say from the bottom of my heart, “Hillary, they are not a “basket” of anything. They are Americans, and they deserve your respect.”

[Audience applauds]