Small Gaffes and Big Miscalculations

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Trump could not let Clinton’s “deplorables” comment go without a self-serving tweet:

Donald J. Trump 

✔@realDonaldTrump

While Hillary said horrible things about my supporters, and while many of her supporters will never vote for me, I still respect them all!

2:18 PM – 10 Sep 2016

And that tweet became an opening for Clinton to retort:

Hillary Clinton 

✔@HillaryClinton

Except for African Americans, Muslims, Latinos, immigrants, women, veterans—and any so-called “losers” or “dummies. “https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/774673449885192192 …

3:04 PM – 10 Sep 2016

Worse for Trump, David Duke weighed in with this image:

the-deplorables

The equally obvious and oblivious play on the film franchise, The Expendables, makes the phrase “unintended ironies” seem woefully insufficient.

But, in this context, Clinton’s apology seems pretty shrewd, whether it was intended to be so or not.

By the way, in the ever-thicker folder of items that demonstrate how Trump can make any individual or…

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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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