It was like a mirror-image of Donald Trump’s “such a nasty woman” remark about Hillary Clinton in the final debate of the American presidential campaign. Only in reverse.
But it bore an even starker resemblance to Mrs. Clinton’s infamous remark about Trump’s supporters, that “you could put half of them into what I call the basket of deplorables,” and labeled them “irredeemable.”
French establishment/globalist candidate Emanuel Macron, facing a showdown with nationalist Marine Le Pen in Sunday’s presidential election, made Hillary’s deplorables remark look like polite chatter at a polo match when she she labeled Le Pen’s supporters “the true enemies” of France during Wednesday’s final presidential debate before voters cast their ballots.
But Macron did not stop there, describing Le Pen partisans as “powerful, organized, skillful, determined…You pass them in the streets, in the countryside or on the web, most often well hidden. As hateful as they are cowardly. You know them. The party of the agents of the disaster, the fearmongerers. The French far-right. It’s here…They use anger, they propagate lies. For decades they have fanned hatred, fomented divisions, imposed their discourse of discrimination.”
It was a shocking attack considering Macron is heavily favored to win the election. Most reliable polls show the 39 year old holding a double-digit lead. But it did not stop former President Barack Obama from weighing in with a You Tube video in support of Macron just minutes after his attack on the Le Pen faithful.
Obama says on the video that “I’m not planning to get involved in many elections now that I don’t have to run for office again”…and then proceeds to involve himself directly in France’s election:
On one hand, Obama’s endorsement is unsurprising given that, unlike Le Pen, Macron supports France’s continuing membership in the European Union. And Macron was a longtime member of the Socialist Party, before announcing he would run for President under the “centrist” banner of En Marche!, a party he founded just last year.
On the other hand, given the endless hearings about Russian interference in our own presidential election, it seemed that there is near universal agreement that the US should be opposed to all foreign intervention in national elections.
One supposes that position depends on who is intervening in which election in favor of which candidate. Or only when it involves Russia. Or the humiliating defeat of a leftist like Hillary Clinton.