Earlier this week, the Washington Free Beacon uploaded a hacked recording from a Hillary Clinton fundraising event in February. Some news outlets (most not reputable enough to link here) characterized Clinton’s comments as “mocking” supporters of Vermont Senator and then-Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
Some of the comments, which according to the Beacon were obtained by hackers who breached a Clinton staffer’s email, are certainly borderline. She alludes to those supporting Sanders as having “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 go as far as Scandinavia . . . and half the people don’t know what that means, but it’s something that they deeply feel.”
Later, she characterizes the campaign platform of her progressive then-opponent as “a false promise.”
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But her full statement shows a much subtler attempt to understand a segment of the electorate dealing with harsh economic challenges. Here are Clinton’s remarks, slightly condensed, in response to a question about Sanders supporters. They begin at about the 23 minute mark of the recording, which is linked below.
Though the comment about “living in their parents’ basement” has been spun by some as condescension, it’s more accurate to say Clinton is describing an unfortunate and unfair outcome of circumstances beyond individuals’ control.
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Clinton goes on to detail her policy goals, including lowering healthcare costs, improving infrastructure, and boosting renewable energy, calling them “a big deal.” She concludes:
You can listen to the entire recording below.