How deplorable can you be?

Hillary Clinton, Democrat candidate for president of the United States, recently attempted to defame millions of supporters of her Republican opponent Donald Trump. She said in a public speech that many of them are “a basket of deplorables.” Aside from the fact that she used the adjective deplorable incorrectly as a noun, and an infantile metaphor, Mrs. Clinton slandered a large number of Americans by essentially calling them wretched or bad.

In my opinion, Clinton is a deplorable person. Below I’ve used many of the synonyms for this word found in my copy of “The Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus.” Some major synonyms correspond roughly to different senses of them in the dictionary—others have finer distinctions.  These describe what I think of her and her ilk.

Hillary Clinton is disgraceful. Her followers are shameful. Her husband is dishonorable. And her views of government are unworthy of Americans. She lies inexcusably. Her deceits are unforgivable; including her unpardonable, unethical activities while Secretary of State.

Mrs. Clinton’s desperate grasp for political power and money is reprehensible. Her vile attitude toward political opponents, their supporters, and her country is despicable. Clinton’s support for the subversive anti-American Obama administration is abominable. She and her staff are contemptible people. In a phrase, she is beyond the pale.

It is lamentable that Mrs. Clinton runs for office; regrettably she touts her primary qualification: being a woman—and a wretched one at that. She has an atrocious, dreadful—even diabolical— personality. Hillary would be a sorry, inadequate person to serve as commander-in-chief of our armed forces. Worse, her political ideas are appalling and her speeches are lousy.


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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