"The deplorables, we’re the hot ones right now"

President Trump, in a Monday conference call meant to celebrate his first 500 days in office and boost enthusiasm for this year’s midterm elections, gleefully rallied around a criticism Hillary Clinton leveled against his supporters in the 2016 election.

“You remember Hillary Clinton calling everybody deplorables? We were the deplorables,” Trump said on the call with grassroots Republican activists. “Well the deplorables, we’re the hot ones right now. They’re all trying to figure out how do we get the deplorables on our side, right? So we’re all deplorables together.”

Republicans from across the country and several news organizations, including BuzzFeed News, were on the monthly call, which Trump does not typically participate in himself. White House political director Bill Stepien, who kicked off the conversation, told listeners he was alongside Trump in the Oval Office.