An audiotape of a conversation between Hillary Clinton and donors at an event surfaced on Friday which lit up social media over a comment that Clinton made during the 40 minute long recording.
The event was a fundraiser in Virginia hosted by former U.S. ambassador Beatrice Welters in February of 2016 as the Democratic primaries were in full stride. In the clip, which was released by the Free Beacon, Clinton is heard discussing both Donald Trump and her primary opponent, Bernie Sanders.
The Democratic nominee, who has never made a secret of being a centrist, expressed bewilderment with those to her far left and far right. As to her far left, she expressed concern that providing the number of publicly funded programs at the levels that were being demanded would require the need to increase taxes at a colossal rate.
“There is a strain of, on the one hand, the kind of populist, nationalist xenophobic, discriminatory approach that we hear too much of from the Republican candidates,” said Clinton as she has said repeatedly regarding particularly Donald Trump’s approach.
“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, you know, Scandinavia.”
The former Secretary of State then goes on to discuss the tax burden on the Scandinavian population stating that it is dramatically greater than what the American public can stomach.
She then continues to discuss a portion of the population which is “new to politics completely. 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.”
It is Clinton’s description of this group “living in their parents’ basement,” that angered some Sanders supporters.
Clinton was acknowledging the frustration of a part of the population that is young, has suffered through the Great Recession, is saddled with debt from college, and is unable to find a job that they deserve, and which has some form of upward mobility. She is absolutely clear in this regard on the audiotape.
At the same time, she is stating that the frustration of this group is causing a demand for something that the American population as a whole cannot stomach — certainly not in a single election cycle — something that the leader of the “political revolution,” Senator Sanders, has readily acknowledged.
As much as Sanders supporters want to latch on to each word that has come out of Clinton’s mouth as reflective of some sinister belief on her part, the undeniable truth is that she is unquestionably the only candidate that shares any of their goals. This is also something that Bernie Sanders has time and again stated.
Not only that, but since February — when the fundraiser in question took place — Clinton has been the only candidate to actually move her agenda to encompass many of the demands of Sanders supporters. No other candidate has so much as reached out to Bernie Sanders in order to even have a meeting about what he and his supporters want, much less come up with concrete policy proposals to accomplish them.
The bottom line is that if the desire is to find excuses to oppose Clinton, plenty can be found. But by doing so, they would be working against their own self interest. Donald Trump has no policy, and to the extent he does anything, he is wrapped around the finger of the Alt Right. He has demonstrated that he is the epitome of ineptitude. And Gary Johnson not only shares nothing of the values of Sanders’ political revolution, but he has demonstrated that the only person in this election more ignorant than him is Donald Trump.
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