A leaked audio recording of a conversation between Hillary Clinton and campaign donors reveals the Democratic presidential nominee calling Bernie Sanders supporters basement-dwellers who seek out a “political revolution.”
“They’re children of the Great Recession,” Clinton said of Bernie fans. “And they are living in their parents’ basement. They feel they got their education, and the jobs that are available to them are not at all what they envisioned for themselves.”
The leaked recording discloses Clinton’s comments at a Virginia fundraiser hosted by former U.S. ambassador Beatrice Welters in February, reports the Washington Free Beacon
Clinton said that many Democratic voters support Sanders because they believe in his vision of “free college, free healthcare,” although “half the people don’t know what that means.” She added that she prefers to occupy a position from the “center-left to the center-right.”
Clinton is no stranger to flip-flopping, at times touting her fight for “progressive values” while more often than not gravitating towards the center. Speaking at a Ohio Women for Hillary event in early September, Clinton said she often gets accused of being “kind of moderate and center,” to which she “plead[s] guilty.”
In the leaked recording, Clinton said she was “bewildered” by those on both the far-right and far-left.
“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,” she said. “And on the other side, there’s just a deep desire to believe … 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…”
At the time, Sanders was pointing to countries like Norway and Sweden as models of success, heartily endorsing their policies of universal daycare, family leave, and government sponsored healthcare.
Clinton explained that she didn’t want to commit to policies that were not feasible, though she stressed the need to not serve as a “wet blanket on idealism.”
“We want people to be idealistic,” she said. “We want them to set big goals. But to take what we can achieve now and try to present them as bigger goals.”
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