During the 2016 presidential election, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton came under fire after referring to Donald Trump supporters as "deplorables." The term has since become a rallying cry for those on the far right, and was used once again during the president's most recent rally.

Trump's deplorables

During the heat of the last presidential election, both Democrats and Republicans became more partisan than ever before. With the rise of the internet and social media allowing people to communicate on a minute by minute basis, the political divide only widened.

The rift between those who supported Donald Trump and those who backed Hillary Clinton was evident, with both sides ripping into each other as often as possible. While addressing a crowd as the election came to a close, Hillary Clinton used the word "deplorable" to describe the supporters of the former host of "The Apprentice," with conservative media running with the story in an attempt to push the narrative that she was out of touch with the American people. Since Trump's upset win in November 2016, the president's base have proudly taken control of the term and often use it to describe one another. As reported by the Washington Examiner on January 18, Trump spoke to a crowd of supporters and declared them all "deplorables."

On Thursday afternoon, Donald Trump made his way down to Coraopolis, Pennsylvania to help campaign for Republican State Representative Rick Saccone was is running in a special election against Democrat Conor Lamb.

As he has in the past, Trump turned the rally into an event about himself where he made sure to take a shot at Hillary Clinton over the aforementioned "deplorable" remark. "We are putting America back to work and we are ensuring that the forgotten men and women of our country are never ever forgotten again," Trump said, before adding, "Remember the 'deplorables?’ We are all 'deplorables.'"

"Who would have thought that was gonna turn into a landslide?" Donald Trump rhetorically asked.

"That was not a good phrase she used," Trump said, before adding, "That' something she would like to have back."

Twitter reacts

After Donald Trump made his remarks, critics on social media made sure to sound off. "He’s over a year into his presidency and he’s still bringing up his campaign rival’s jibes. Has any president in history done that?" one tweet asked.

"hey don, the deplorables, rubes, enablers and divisive accomplices are still with you, but the rest of America, including the Real Majority is still appalled and horrified by your delusions and dementia and mendacity, and now your cardiac insufficiency," another tweet read.

"Good Lord, imagine Barack Obama, over a year after his election win over John McCain, still obsessing (and dividing Americans) over his political opponent," yet another tweet noted.

"Spot on phrase. Your base are racists uneducated phucks," a follow-up tweet read. "I swear.this man is obsessed with Hillary Clinton and he should worry about other sh*t than a woman who is not in any office," a Twitter user wrote.