Basket of Deplorables

Leslie Linder

Basket of Deplorables

"You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic--you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up. H e has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people--now 11 million. He tweets and retweets their offensive hateful mean-spirited rhetoric. Now, some of those folks--they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America."

Hillary Clinton at a fundraising event in New York during the 2014 Presediential Campaign.

A hero rose up in the land

to take hatemongers by the hand

and justify our tendencies

to demonize our enemies.

What sweet relief! You’re not alone

in thinking liberals tap your phone

or that we need a giant wall.

Those Mexicans are rapists, y’all.

At last, it’s safe to speak your mind

that immigrants should be confined

in prison camps. It’s back in vogue

to be a bold Islamaphobe.

And frankly, it is well past time

we racists were allowed to chime

in that the white man is the one

oppressed. That’s why we need our guns,

in case Obama has his chums

in ISIL raid us. We’re not dumb.

It’s us against the whole damn globe.

That’s right. We’re fascist xenophobes.

But don’t you worry. Our proud sons

will use their knives and fists and guns

to keep their little ladies safe

as long as they stay in their place

(and if they have a pretty face).

We’re sexist, ladies, just embrace

it or you’ll end up on our list

of deviants. We will not miss

a single Black or Jew or Gay.

Yes, homophobes will have our say.

Believe us, it’s a brand new day.

Our hero, Trump, makes it okay

to grabass and to blast away

at anyone. Because doomsday

is at our door. We have a right

to bully, terrorize, and fight

the misfits who refuse to see

that god himself empowered me

and Donald. Well, and maybe Pence,

as long as he stays off the fence.

So raise your stars and stripes, and cheer!

We bigots need no longer fear.

This basket’s plenty big enough

to shelter us when things get rough.

It’s good to know we’re not alone

in being crude or overblown.

Thank heavens that “deplorable”

became the new “adorable.” 


Bio: Leslie J Linder, M.Div. lives and works in Downeast Maine. Her poetry has appeared on Wicked Banshee Press and in the Project Intersect Zine.