The Latest: Trump to pay respects to late conservative icon


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September 10, 2016 11:00PM (UTC)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign (all times EDT):

2:50 p.m.

Donald Trump has arrived at the funeral of conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly.

The Republican nominee arrived Saturday with his wife, Melania, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, where the funeral will be held.

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Trump is expected to speak at the Catholic service for Schlafly, who died Monday at the age of 92.

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2:05 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says she regrets describing half of Donald Trump supporters as a "basket of deplorables."

In a statement Saturday, Clinton said that, "many of Trump's supporters are hard-working Americans who just don't feel like the economy or our political system are working for them."

She said she was "grossly generalistic" in her remarks at the LGBT fundraiser in New York Friday and, she added, "that's never a good idea."

She said she regrets only half of her statement, emphasizing that it is "really deplorable" that Trump is affiliated with people from the right-winged "alt-right movement," and that "David Duke and other white supremacists see him as a champion of their values."

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1:55 p.m.

The head of the Republican National Committee is describing Hillary Clinton's description of Donald Trump supporters as "insulting."

In a statement Saturday, a day after Clinton said she regards Trump supporters as a "basket of deplorables," Reince Priebus said Clinton is showing "her outright contempt for ordinary people."

He added that millions of Americans support the Republican nominee because, "they are sick of corrupt career politicians like Hillary Clinton."

Clinton made her remarks at an LGBT fundraiser in New York late Friday. She then pivoted and tried to characterize the other half of Trump's supporters, putting them in "that other basket" and saying they need understanding and empathy.

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12:00 p.m.

Donald Trump's running mate is firing back at comments by Hillary Clinton in which she described Trump supporters as a "basket of deplorables."

Mike Pence said Saturday at the Values Voters Summit in Washington that Clinton's comments should be "denounced in the strongest possible terms."

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He said that Trump supporters are "not a basket of anything," adding, they are "members of every class of this country who know that we can make America great again."

Clinton made her comments at an LGBT fundraiser in New York late Friday, adding that Trump supporters are "The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it."

Pence said, "the men and women who support Donald Trump's campaign are hard-working Americans: Farms, coal miners, teachers, veterans, members of our law enforcement community."

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11:05 a.m.

Donald Trump says he'll be in St. Louis later Saturday to attend the funeral of Phyllis Schlafly, the conservative activist who helped defeat the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s and founded the Eagle Forum political group.

Schlafly died Monday at age 92.

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Trump tweets that he'll be in Missouri with his wife, Melania, for the funeral of "a wonderful and truly respected woman."

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11 a.m.

Hillary Clinton has verbally banished half of Donald Trump's backers to a "basket of deplorables," and the Republican presidential nominee is quickly pouncing.

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He says she's smeared many Americans and will pay a heavy political price.

Clinton — who's said she's the candidate to unify a divided country— made the comment at an LGBT fundraiser Friday night at a New York City restaurant, with about 1,000 people in attendance.

Here's what she said:

"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."

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Clinton then pivoted and tried to characterize the other half of Trump's supporters, putting them in "that other basket" and saying they need understanding and empathy.


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