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Trump thanks 'deplorables' for helping him win election

AFP  |  Washington 

Donald Trump tweeted his thanks and congratulations to the millions of Americans who elected him president one year ago today, including the "deplorables" criticised by rival during their toxic campaign.

The tweet came hours after Democrats scored wins in several high-profile state and local elections, victories seen as a repudiation of Trump's combative politics.

"Congratulations to all of the 'DEPLORABLES' and the millions of people who gave us a MASSIVE (304-227) Electoral College landslide victory!" Trump posted on Twitter from China, where he is in the midst of his nearly two-week trip to Asia.

The tweet included a photograph apparently taken aboard Air Force One, showing Trump, his son-in-Jared Kushner, and several aides -- communications director Hope Hicks, senior policy advisor Stephen Miller and director Dan Scavino -- giving thumbs-up signs.

Trump stunned the political world with his improbable victory on November 8, 2016.

The race proved one of the most divisive of modern times, and fanned those flames two months before the in one of her most controversial speeches of the campaign.

"To just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables," she told attendees at a September 10, 2016 fundraiser.

"The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic -- you name it," she added. "Unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up."

Trump supporters proudly embraced the "deplorables" term, in part as a way to mock and her backers.

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First Published: Thu, November 09 2017. 02:57 IST