But that changed Friday night.
During brief remarks at the LGBT for Hillary Gala in lower Manhattan, Clinton called "half" of those supporting the Republican nominee a "basket of deplorables."
"Right?" she said to laughter from attendees, which included entertainer Barbra Streisand. "The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up."