Speaking on Capitol Hill at a meeting with Congressional Republicans, vice presidential candidate Mike Pence condemned Hillary Clinton's statement about Donald Trump's supporters, saying she has a "low opinion of the American people."
"I think millions of Americans were shocked and saddened to see Hillary Clinton refer to people across this country as a basket of deplorables in a prepared speech before wealthy donors in New York City on Friday night," Pence said.
"She said at the time that half of the people supporting Donald Trump and I were irredeemable, not American, and frankly I've never heard a major party candidate speak about the American people with such contempt," he said.
"What Hillary Clinton apparently doesn't know is that the people supporting this campaign are hard-working Americans who come out to our rallies, come out to our town halls, who stop us in diners, who visit with us at meetings at factories. They're people who run businesses, people who fun factories, they're veterans, police officers, moms and dads and farmers."
"For Hillary Clinton to express such disdain for millions of Americans is one more reason that disqualifies her to serve in the highest office. Anyone who has that low an opinion of the American people should never serve as president."
"Donald Trump supporters are not a basket of anything. They are Americans and they deserve respect from the Democrat nominee for president," he added.