Hillary Clinton has apologised for calling half of all supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump "deplorable" people.
Clinton admitted in a statement that her remarks had been "grossly generalistic"-as she said at the time".
Trump's statement came after Clinton had backed off her disdainful description of half of his supporters. "Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic - you name it", she said, before stressing that other Trump supporters are frustrated and need sympathy.
She reiterated that point in her statement Saturday, saying many of Trump's supporters are "hard-working Americans" who feel marginalized.
She added, "And unfortunately, there are people like that and he has lifted them up".
Her comments were rebuked by Mr Trump's team, with campaign manager Kellyanne Conway saying the comments were "slander" and had insulted to millions of Americans. "Those are people we have to understand and empathize with as well".
Among independent likely voters, Trump leads Clinton by 9 points, 35 percent to 26 percent, when they are presented with all the possible candidates on the ballot.
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Trump's comment appeared to play off a line he used during the primary race, in which he said that his supporters were so devoted to him that he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue in New York City and not lose any of them.
Apparently according to Hillary, if a person holds traditional Christian values which teaches them that certain lifestyle choices and other behaviors are immoral, and that they should love the sinner but hate the sin, then they suffer from some sort of "phobia". They're not expected to make public remarks at the event, and both have promised to suspend campaign activities out of respect for the victims, first responders and their families. On Friday night, he told supporters in Pensacola, Florida, that Clinton could shoot someone and not be prosecuted. He said Clinton is "so protected" that "she could walk into this arena right now and shoot somebody with 20,000 people watching, right smack in the middle of the heart".
Democratic strategists said the damage to Clinton's campaign from her remark would depend on the Republican and media response in coming days. "Now, some of those folks - they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America". He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people - now 11 million. "I think it will cost her at the polls!"
Another key difference is that Clinton's comments fit into a narrative she has already been pushing. "Are they going to make more out of this story than they made out of the racist, misogynistic Trump comments that got us here in the first place?" Close to 66 percent of voters disapprove of Republican nominee Donald Trump's explanation for his immigration policy, and 60 percent of voters believe that Clinton engaged in "pay to play" as secretary of state.
"When you are running for President, you are running to represent all Americans, even the ones you think are deplorable", said Navarro.
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But while it may be the biggest gaffe of her campaign, the mainstream media has spent most of the weekend arguing away Clinton's apparent prejudice, as though they are her crisis communications team - a courtesy they didn't extend to Mitt Romney in 2012, when he told a group of his own donors that "47 percent" of the population were a bunch of freeloaders.