Hillary Clinton Expresses Regret on Statement About Donald Trump Supporters

The Democratic presidential candidate takes back statement referring to Trump supporters as "deplorable."
4:32 | 09/11/16

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new comment from Hillary Clinton overnight getting a lot of attention, maybe not the kind of attention she wants. Speaking to wealthy donors at a fund-raising featuring Barbra streisand Clinton flat out called many of trump's supporters racists. Trump is defending his repeated praise of Russian president Vladimir Putin and ABC's Devin Dwyer is covering it all from D.C. Good morning. Reporter: The rhetoric from both candidates now getting more extreme. Donald Trump saying overnight Hillary Clinton can murder someone in broad daylight and get away with it while Clinton calling half of trump's supporters deplorables. Overnight at a New York fund-raiser Hillary Clinton lashing out at trump supporters. You could put half of trump's supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. The racist, sexist, homo phonetic, xenophobic, Islam phobic, you name it. Reporter: The trump campaign calling the comment deplorable as he defended his affection for Russia's Vladimir Putin. Oh, Donald Trump likes Putin. And Putin likes trump. Honestly I don't know the gentleman but you know what, he's been nice to me. If the difference between me and my opponent on Vladimir Putin and in all negotiations is that I negotiate by creating leverage. Reporter: But scrutiny of trump's embrace of the authoritarian regime is getting more intense after first praising him. He is very much of a leader. Far more than our president has been a leader. Reporter: Trump defending Russia against explosive allegations that hackers broke into dnc computers. It's probably unlikely. I think maybe -- maybe the democrats are putting that out Reporter: That interview airing on state run Russian TV contradicting top U.S. Intelligence officials who say Russian involvement in the hack is all but certain. After meeting for nearly two hours with national security experts, Hillary Clinton appeared flabbergasted. Every day that goes by, this just becomes more and more of a reality television story -- show. It's not -- it's not a serious presidential campaign. Reporter: Now the Clinton campaign this morning trying to clarify that deplorables comment saying clearly not everyone supporting trump is hateful but a spokesman say they appear to make up half his crowd when you observe the tone of his events. Dan and Paula. Devin Dwyer, we want to thank you and joining us from Austin, Texas, ABC news political analyst Matthew dowd. Matthew, good morning to you. Thanks for joining us. Not long ago Hillary Clinton said the last thing we need is a president with more name calling but calls half his supporters in a basket of deplorables. Do you think this will haunt her. When I first heard that it reminded something you'd hear in a "Despicable me" movie when gru can't find his minions he calls Dr. Nefario and says get me the basket of deplorables. In the book of bad campaign ideas there is a chapter on attacking voters at a fund-raiser. Obama did it in 2008 when they cling to their guns, when Mitt Romney talked about the 47%. It's never a good idea to go after voters even if you believe a segment of voters is that way in this. I think this will be a bad few days for her. It will ultimately pass over. But the campaign, I know, doesn't want their candidate going after voters. Okay, so let's talk, though, about Donald Trump's repeated praise of Vladimir Putin. This is where the Clinton campaign really wants us to be focused notwithstanding the basket of deplorables. For the standard-bearer of the party of Reagan to be praising a Russian autocrat because he's nice to him, how big a deal is that and is it going to matter in the end with swing voters? Well, Dan, amazing situation. We've had so many firsts in this campaign. But actually going on Russian television and praising an autocratic dictator of the country and criticizing the president of the United States is something we haven't seen. You remember Jane fonda attacked the United States in northern Vietnam and was not heard of for ten years in 15 years of that. I think it's problematic but in the end I don't think Donald Trump's voters really care. They're probably shrugging their shoulders and say it's great Putin likes trump and trump likes Putin, move on. I think ultimately this will have to be answered. Both these things, the basket of deplorables and this will have to be answered in the first debate. You are anything but deplorable, Matt dowd. We love you. Thank you. That's good. That's a high bar. Thanks, Matt.

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