A leaked audio recording has been released by hackers claiming they accessed a Clinton staffer’s email. Last February, Hillary Clinton attended a private fundraising event in McLean, Virginia. While there, she answered questions from major campaign donors. During one conversation on the leaked audio file, she described herself as occupying the center-left to center-right position, essentially admitting that she was emphatically not a progressive, as she has tried to convince voters.
In the leaked audio file, which the Washington Free Beacon published on its site, Clinton revealed just how out of touch with reality she is concerning today’s young people. She expressed bewilderment at voters who were either further left or further right, and could not wrap her brain around why there are so many extreme viewpoints dominating the 2016 election.
“There is a strain of, on the one hand, the kind of populist, nationalist, xenophobic, discriminatory kid of approach that we hear too much from the Republican candidates. And on the other side, 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 … Scandinavia, whatever that means, and half the people don’t know what that means, but it’s something that they deeply feel.”
Politico reports that on the leaked audio, Clinton described Sanders supporters as political newbies, who really don’t know how politics works. She also implied that young voters have a sense of entitlement that they ought to be able to get great jobs straight out of college.
“They’re children of the Great Recession. 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. And they don’t see much of a future.”
But, of course, she urged her wealthy donors to try and understand these poor basement dwellers, because obviously, they spend their days browsing 4Chan and playing video games while complaining that they can’t snap their fingers and get a job like their parents used to do. Um, yeah.
The leaked audio’s revelation that Clinton played up the stereotype of the bottom-feeding, basement-dwelling “Bernie bro” in her private fundraisers likely won’t win her much support from Sanders’ supporters.
On the contrary, it may serve to push even more younger Sanders’ voters away and into the arms of Gary Johnson or Jill Stein, or even — God forbid — Donald Trump.
Just days ago, The New York Times detailed just how badly Clinton is performing among potential voters in the 18-34 group. And it’s not just that they don’t like her (although that’s a major factor), it’s also that Clinton seems stuck in a time warp in which she doesn’t understand just how big social media consumption is. Unlike Sanders, she doesn’t seem to understand that Millennials get most of their news online, not on television, which is the traditional method for campaign advertising.
As Joe Biden would say, “that’s a big *&@!%! * deal.”
The Pew Research Center estimates that the 18-34 group we call the Millennials surpasses Baby Boomers as the largest generation alive today, making them a prime target for both Trump and Clinton. And unlike Sanders, Clinton just doesn’t seem to have a knack for connecting with them. Instead, she tends to insult them again and again, in a mildly scolding manner like a tolerant aunt who secretly hates children.
Even worse for Clinton is that a recent New York Times/CBS News poll shows that about one-third of Millennials have stated they intend to vote for a third party in the general election.
The biggest insult revealed in the leaked audio file is how condescending Clinton is regarding Sanders’ supporters. Her “whatever that means” comment regarding Scandinavia is a phrase commonly used in casual conversation as a sarcastic statement to belittle and ridicule something. And it indicates that Clinton doesn’t really take the issues of healthcare and accessible higher education seriously, both of which were pillars of the Sanders’ campaign.
And it’s no surprise there. This leaked audio, if you recall, is from a private fundraiser for wealthy donors who probably have never had to worry about where their next meal is coming from. This makes Clinton’s description of Sanders’ supporters all the more objectionable because it clearly shows how little regard she has for the average American citizen. It will be interesting to see just how Millennials react to the leaked audio once the story starts making its way around the Internet.
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