If Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was counting on Bernie Sanders supporters to carry her to victory in November, she had better think again. A new audio clip of her speaking at a function back in February finds her dismissing supporters of the socialist Vermont senator as “children of the Great Recession” who are “living in their parents’ basement.”
In the clip, obtained by the Washington Free Beacon, Hillary also said she was “bewildered” by support for Sanders and Donald Trump.
“There is a strain of, on the one hand, the kind of populist, nationalist, xenophobic, discriminatory kind of approach that we hear too much of from the Republican candidates,” Hillary said at the Virginia fundraiser hosted by former U.S. ambassador Beatrice Welters, giving a strong preview of her “basket of deplorables” rhetoric.
“And on the other side, there’s just a deep desire to believe that we can have free college, free health care, 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 that means, but it’s something that they deeply feel,” she added.
“Some are new to politics completely. They’re children of the Great Recession. And they are living in their parents’ basement,” she continued. “They feel they got their education and the jobs that are available to them are not at all what they envisioned for themselves. And they don’t see much of a future.”
She wasn’t done digging her own grave yet, though.
“If you’re feeling like you’re consigned to, you know, being a barista, or you know, some other job that doesn’t pay a lot, and doesn’t have some other ladder of opportunity attached to it, then the idea that maybe, just maybe, you could be part of a political revolution is pretty appealing.”
You can listen to her entire fundraiser here (if you’re some sort of masochist) or just skip to the relevant comments, which begin at about the 24:45 mark:
For the most part, Clinton’s remarks speak for themselves. Asking for the support of young men and women she called “baristas” who are “living in their parents’ basement” pretty much begs for summary judgment.
However, what I find funniest is that she was “bewildered” by support for Trump and Sanders. Why, after all, weren’t they supporting her? Or, as she’s also fond of asking, why isn’t she 50 points ahead?
I’ve never come across any candidate who believes he or she deserves your vote in the way that Hillary Clinton does. As far as she’s concerned, anyone who doesn’t judge her the exact same way she judges herself is a sexist or not at all serious.
This speech is the perfect example. She’s “bewildered” why people she’s describing as xenophobes and baristas aren’t exactly super-jazzed to declare that They’re With Her™.
They must be sexists! Bigots! Dumb young people! Living in their parents basement! Vast right-wing conspiracy!
The problem, you notice, is never her. It never has been. It never will be. It is always someone else that needs to get with the program. It’s the same in 2016 as it was in 1996 as it was in 1976.
And this is who the Democrats think will win the Oval Office?