Hillary Clinton may have a hard time winning over Bernie Sanders’ supporters now that she’s been caught trashing them at a fundraiser in February.
Audio leaked from a closed-door event in Virginia, held while Clinton and Sanders were still competing for the Democratic nomination, shows Clinton saying this about the supporters of her top primary rival:
“They’re the children of the Great Recession and they are living in their parents’ basement …If you’re feeling that you’re consigned to, you know, being a barista or some other job that doesn’t pay a lot and doesn’t have much of a ladder of opportunity attached to it, then the idea that… you could be part of a political revolution is petty appealing.”
“There’s just a deep desire to believe that we can have free college, free healthcare, that what we’ve done hasn’t gone far enough, and that we just need to, you know, go as far as, you know, Scandinavia, whatever that means, and half the people don’t know what it means but it is something that they deeply feel,” Clinton added in the hacked audio.
The Clinton campaign has now cancelled campaign rallies with Bernie Sanders this week. Instead Bernie will attend rallies in Iowa and Wisconsin. The Hill reports, “Though unclear if it’s related, the schedule change comes a few days after audio from from a February fundraiser leaked that made public Clinton’s take on fans of her then-rival Sanders, who she suggested were overly idealistic.”
Donald Trump, who could potentially benefit from scooping up some of these disgruntled Sanders voters, has seized the moment and asked whether these millennials “also belong in the ‘basket of deplorables,” a description which Clinton was criticized for attributing to Trump supporters.
Sanders, however, told ABC he “took it exactly the opposite way,” and that Clinton was “absolutely correct.”
While he admitted on CNN “of course [the audio] bothers me,” Sanders also told ABC’s “This Week,” “You’ve got millions of young people, many of whom took out loans in order to go to college, hoping to go out and get decent-paying, good jobs…And you know what? They’re unable to do that.”
He urged supporters to vote for Clinton, stating that if anyone plans to vote for a third party, “It is a vote for Donald Trump.”
H/T Sean Hannity