Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was criticized for calling GOP rival Donald Trump's supporters "deplorables" — And now her husband Bill Clinton is adding fuel to the fire

October 13, 2016 12:08 PM

Former president  Bill Clinton has spoken out about Donald Trump‘s most ardent supporters, describing them as “rednecks” — just like him.

“The other guy’s base is what I grew up in,” Clinton, 70, told Hillary supporters in Fort Myers, Florida, Wednesday while addressing his humble upbringing. “You know, I’m basically your standard redneck.”

“I know how they feel,” he continued. “And I’m telling you, the older you get, the worse it feels when you look in the mirror every day and you think you can’t do anything to change the future.”

His comments come several weeks after Hillary Clinton was criticized for calling her GOP rival’s supporters “deplorables.”

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Steve Pope/Getty

Throughout his address, the 42nd president laid out his wife’s policy plans, and attempted to pull the divided country together no matter what the outcome of the election.

“People need to feel valued,” he said. “And that’s what I want to ask you — all of you. Don’t engage in our version of all of this screaming. Go out there and look people in the eye who aren’t going to vote for her, and tell them we still want them to be part of America. Tell them we need them.”

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Bill had a similar message when speaking in Belle Glade, Florida, on Tuesday.

He explained how Hillary’s “Stronger Together” slogan “was not just two words” — and explained how Floridians are already banding together in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

“That’s what this whole election’s about,” he said. “Stronger together, or divide and conquer? Which is better, anger or answers? Which is better, resentment or empowerment? Which is better, conflict or cooperation? How should we relate to each other beyond our borders — with walls or bridges?”

He continued: “Do you want to be for politics that divide, distract and demonize? Or do you want to be for politics that cooperate, concentrate and create all opportunities for Americans? This is a pretty clear choice.”

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