October 4, 2016
Audio recordings of Hillary Clinton’s comments at a gathering of major campaign supporters in February were revealed by hackers who breached the email account of a Clinton campaign staffer.
In this excerpt, Clinton can be heard dismissing Sanders supporters as naive, deluded dwellers in their parents' basements, who don't appreciate the size and difficulty of the task in front of them, and who probably shouldn't be told how misguided they are.
Beyond that, Clinton reveals, calmly and matter-of-factly, just how radical and sweeping Democrats' policy goals truly are. This recording is important listening, not just for Republican activists, but for all Americans who value their liberty.
The recording begins with Clinton offering a thumbnail sketch of Bernie Sanders supporters as she sees them.
Some are new to politics completely. They’re children of the Great Recession. And they are living in their parents’ basement. They feel that 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. I met with a group of young black millennials today and you know one of the young women said, “You know, none of us feel like we have the job that we should have gotten out of college. And we don’t believe that the job market is gonna give us much of a chance.”
So that is a mindset that is really affecting their politics. And so if you’re feeling that you’re consigned to, you know, being a barista, or you know, some other job that doesn’t pay a lot, and doesn’t have much of a ladder of opportunity attached to it, then the idea that maybe, just maybe, you could be part of a political revolution is pretty appealing. So I think we all should be really understanding of that and we should try to do the best we can, not to be, you know, a wet blanket on idealism. You want people to be idealistic. You want them to set big goals. But to take what we can achieve now and try to present them as bigger goals.
I mean getting our country to 100% universal coverage is a big deal. Getting that Affordable Care Act to work better for people, getting the cost down so that people feel that they can afford the care that they now have access to — that's a big deal. You know, going after infrastructure, manufacturing, combating climate change by setting some big goals like half a billion new solar panels by the end of my first term, and enough clean power to power every home in America by the end of my second term — that's a big goal. So what we have to do and what I'm trying to do is to make the case that we've got ideals, we've got big goals, but we also believe that the path to progress is one that you just have to get up every day and work on. You have to make it your life's work if you do this full-time, you have to make it part of your civic responsibility for others, and just keep making that case. It's not as glamorous, it's not as exciting, it doesn't come as a revolution — I mean I'm still trying to understand the revolution part. 'cause here's how I think about it, in order to— and Senator Sanders sort of alludes to this. In order to have a revolution, first we have to take back the Senate, and get to 60 votes. Then we gotta take back the House. And that may require some redistricting in order to get people out of safe Republican seats so they can be competitive again. I think we're already in like year six or seven of a two-year term, so you know those of us who understand this, who have been experienced, who have worked in it know that it's, it's a false promise. But, I don't think you tell idealistic people, particularly young people, that they've bought into a false promise. You try and do the best you can to say "Hey, you know, that, that's his view, that's what he is offering you, but here's another way where actually you can achieve a lot of what we have said, starting day one, and, and make a real difference in peoples' lives." And I tell them all the time—
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