It's funny how time changes quotes in popular culture.
Darth Vader never said, "Luke, I am your father." Vader was actually answering Luke Skywalker who had just accused him of killing his dad. Darth Vader said, "No. I am your father."
It's a small difference, but the incorrect version has become reality to many.
You can't listen to Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh for five minutes without hearing the rallying cry of "Hillary (Clinton) called you deplorables."
Like many of the propaganda pundits' claims, this one is false.
Clinton never called all conservatives, all Republicans or even all Donald Trump supporters deplorables. It simply never happened.
Here is the actual quote from Clinton during the campaign.
“You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right?” she said. “The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. And unfortunately, there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.”
Clinton didn't stop there. She actually defined who she saw as the other half of Trump's supporters. Call them the non-deplorables.
Clinton said the other half of Trump’s supporters “feel that the government has let them down” and are “desperate for change. Those are people we have to understand and empathize with as well."
All deplorables are Trump supporters. He empowers and emboldens the worst of America. His latest ploys have been a big hit with the KKK and other white nationalist groups.
Former White Nationalist Derek Black recently said, "They have a person in the White House that is advocating the exact white nationalist goal that is one of the cornerstones of their belief system."
The plight of the non-deplorables is that they find themselves fitting comfortably under the GOP tent with those people who are the definition of deplorable. Trump's last minute mid-term election strategy tells you all you need to know.
Non-deplorable conservatives are going to vote Republican because they are Republicans. Before Trump changed parties and became a Republican, they were already supporting GOP candidates. Long after Trump is finished with his attempt to shred the moral fabric of this country for personal gain, they will be supporting the next wave of Republican candidates.
The last-minute strategy is not an attempt to win over good Republican voters - of which there are many. They are already won.
The attacks on asylum seekers, globalists, chanting "lock her (or him) up," depending on the night, and producing one of the most misleading and racist commercials in the final days of the campaign is an attempt to convince white supremacists and other deplorables that the Republicans are the best candidates for them to support. Trump is trying to win the two or three percent of the voters on the fringe that might make a difference in the final totals.
The problem for non-deplorables is that this tactic doesn't absolve them of their responsibilities to be good people as well as good Republicans. The ends don't justify the means. You can't overlook all of the lies and racist dog whistles just because you got pro-life judges out of it.
Good Republicans, the ones even Hillary Clinton wanted to understand and empathize with, have to stand up and say that those people aren't welcome in our party.
We don't need to demonize immigrants. We don't hate other races or religions.
Trump appeals to fear and our lesser angels.
Republicans need to remember and remind their leaders that we expect more.