Sanders Says Clinton Comments in Leaked Audio ‘Absolutely Correct’ – ABC News
Bernie Sanders told ABCâs George Stephanopoulos that Hillary Clinton was âabsolutely correctâ when she said many of his supporters were living in their parentsâ basements and struggling to find jobs.
âDuring the campaign we had our differences, but what she was saying there was absolutely correct,â Sanders said during an interview Sunday morning in response to the newly leaked audio of Clinton talking about Sandersâ supporters during a private fundraiser in February.
âYou have millions of young people, many of whom took out loans in order to go to college, hoping to go out and get decent-paying jobs and they are unable to do that,â said Sanders, who endorsed Clinton two months ago. âAnd yes, they do want a political revolution. They want to transform this society.â
The interview on ABCâs âThis Weekâ was Sandersâ first response to the audio that was trending on social media over the weekend, although some of his staff had taken to Twitter to defend Clinton.
Clintonâs remarks came during a fundraiser at the home of former U.S. Ambassador Beatrice Welters, and the audio was first released by the conservative publication The Washington Free Beacon on Friday night.
âTheyâre children of the great recession. And they are living in their parentsâ 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 donât see much of a future,â Clinton said in the audio.
âIf youâre feeling that youâre consigned to being a barista or some other job that doesnât pay a lot and doesnât 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,â she continued. âSo I think we all should be really understanding of that, and we should try to do the best we can not to be a wet blanket on idealism.â
Donald Trumpâs campaign jumped on the story of the audio, with the Republican nominee using it to make a direct appeal to Sandersâ supporters.
âCrooked H is nasty to Sanders supporters behind closed doors. Owned by Wall St and Politicians, HRC is not with you,â Trump tweeted Saturday.
Sanders said he took Clintonâs words âexactly the opposite way.â
Clintonâs campaign yesterday emphasized to reporters that the former secretary of state has worked with Sanders since the primary ended. Sanders has been campaigning on behalf of the Democratic nominee in battleground states.
âAs Hillary Clinton said in those remarks, she wants young people to be idealistic and set big goals,â Clinton campaign spokesman Glen Caplin said in a statement yesterday. âShe is fighting for exactly what the millennial generation cares most about — a fairer more equal, just world. 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.â
Many Sanders supporters, particularly college-age and other young voters, say they do not plan to vote for Clinton but are backing third-party candidates, according to recent polling.
Sanders said he was not going to tell people how to vote, but that Clintonâs policy proposals on climate change, equal pay and other issues were by far the closest to his own of any other candidates.
âTake a look at issue by issue,â Sanders said. âClinton has a serious plan in order to transform our energy system â¦ Take a look at [Libertarian Party candidate] Gary Johnsonâs record on the environment, on the economy. It is a very conservative approach, something I think most of my supporters do not support.â
Asked if he agreed with a recent statement by President Obama that a vote for any third-party candidate would be a vote for Trump, Sanders said, âThe evidence is overwhelming that the next president of the United States is going to be Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, and if you are voting for someone else and not supporting Hillary Clinton because, in a sense, she doesnât live up to all of your specifications or ideas, I think it is in a sense a vote for Trump.â