An audio clip of Hillary Clinton calling Bernie Sanders supporters ‘basement dwellers’ was recently leaked to the press. This was a genuine concern for the Hillary campaign because she’s already struggling to garner support from young Democrat voters who largely backed Sanders during the primary.
Now, Hillary’s campaign is scrambling to do damage control.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Clinton camp promises she respects young Sanders voters after leaked audio
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s campaign responded to leaked audio that some called a criticism of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ supporters by trying to assure young voters she’s fighting for them.
In audio released Friday night, Clinton commented on the frustration felt by Sanders’ voters with the current political climate by saying “they are living in their parents’ basements” despite getting an education and a job. Clinton was criticized by Republicans and progressives alike who felt that she was insulting Sanders’ strong youth support.
In a statement released Saturday, Clinton’s campaign said she is actually fighting for millennials.
“She is fighting for exactly what the millennial generation cares most about — a fairer, more equal, just world,” the statement read. “She’s working to create new pathways to jobs and career opportunities, to build more inclusivity and community and to ensure everyone gets a fair shot.”
Lack of support for Hillary among young voters could cost her big time in the election.
They have nowhere near the enthusiasm for her that they had for Obama.