Hirono was speaking about the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing protests over supposed systemic racism when she told MSNBC on Monday that the real problem is the people to whom Trump appeals.
“We now have three crises that we’re having to deal with, and it’s a pandemic, we have an economic crisis, we have police brutality and systemic racism crisis,” Hirono began.
“And so what’s happening is that really covering for the president and his failures is the operating principle for his enablers,” she claimed.
Hirono continued her discursive rant by implying that Republican leaders were negligent in “dealing with” the issues, which have all been exacerbated by active interference or failures from Democratic leaders seeking to actively undermine the opposing party.
For example, many municipal and state leaders in left-leaning regions enabled the spread of the virus by encouraging mass gatherings during recent race riots.
Some later attempted to cover their tracks by claiming that “racism” was also a health threat and took a higher priority than stopping the spread of COVID-19.
Democrats also have made overtly partisan moves to thwart economic recovery by attempting to stall crucial relief packages that didn’t support their radical—and unrelated agenda items.
According to the Senate website, the last bill Hirono took a lead role in sponsoring was the May 5 Coronavirus Immigrant Families Protection Act, which promoted free healthcare for illegal immigrants being tested and treated for coronavirus. The bill had no GOP cosponsors.
“We should be dealing with economic crisis, and we should be dealing with the racism that is in our country, to which the president speaks to [sic], because he has a base of supporters who are very anti-immigrant and white supremacist,” Hirono continued.
“That’s a lot of his base and who he speaks to, so the divisiveness continues,” she said.
Hirono’s comments echo the sentiment put into words four years ago by failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, when she called Trump’s base a “basket of deplorables.”
Republican Party spokeswoman Elizabeth Harrington pointed out the similarity between Hirono’s and Clinton’s comments in a statement:
Democrat senator just called 63 million Americans and counting “white supremacists”
Smearing us as “irredeemable and deplorable” just wasn’t despicable enoughpic.twitter.com/LP4XwpQxMT
— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) July 13, 2020
Hirono, however, refused to apologize.
“Their president calls white supremacists ‘very fine people’ and uses racist language to try to win an election,” her office said in a statement, according to Hawaii News Now. “Their outrage is misplaced.”
Liberty Headlines’ Ben Sellers contributed to this report.