Hillary Clinton is nothing if she’s not an opportunist.
She sees Americans as votes and will say what she needs to say to get them on Election Day.
Two audio recordings reportedly captured Clinton’s unscripted, private at “a Virginia fundraiser hosted by Beatrice Welters, the former U.S. ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, and her husband Anthony Welters, the executive chairman of an investment consulting firm founded by former Clinton aide Cheryl Mills,” were released on Friday by The Intercept.
In one, Clinton casts herself as the moderate candidate — a stark departure from the primaries when she regularly referred to herself as a “progressive Democrat,” who are known to occupy the far left of the political spectrum.
“It is important to recognize what’s going on in this election. Everybody who’s ever been in an election that I’m aware of is quite bewildered because there is a strain of, on the one hand, the kind of populist, nationalist, xenophobic, discriminatory kind of approach that we hear too much of from the Republican candidates,” Clinton said.
“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, whatever that means, and half the people don’t know what that means, but it’s something that they deeply feel.
“So as a friend of mine said the other day, I am occupying from the center-left to the center-right. And I don’t have much company there,” Clinton said.
“Because it is difficult when you’re running to be president, and you understand how hard the job is — I don’t want to overpromise. I don’t want to tell people things that I know we cannot do.”
In another clip, Clinton sized up Bernie Sanders’ backers as “living in their parents’ basement” who are “consigned to, you know, being a barista.”
“Some are new to politics completely. They’re children of the Great Recession. And they are living in their parents’ basement,” Clinton said.
“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. 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 that we have the job that we should have gotten out of college. And we don’t believe the job market is going to give us much of a chance.’
“So that is a mindset that is really affecting their politics. And so if you’re feeling like 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 some other ladder of opportunity attached to it, then the idea that maybe, just maybe, you could be part of a political revolution is pretty appealing,” Clinton said.
“So I think we should all be really understanding of that and should try to do the best we can not to be, you know, a wet blanket on idealism. We want people to be idealistic. We want them to set big goals. But to take what we can achieve now and try to present them as bigger goals.”
Now, the rage is growing among Bernie backers as they denounce Clinton’s critique with the #BasementDwellers hashtag on Twitter.
As of 10:30 am ET on Saturday, the hashtag was trending.
Bernie fans — who now join Trump supporters thrown into Hillary’s “basket of deplorables” — vented as Clinton’s true feelings were revealed:
— Based Mexican (@basedmex) October 1, 2016
— eli lefcowitz (@elisponderings) October 1, 2016
Why is it easier to believe that 75.4M millennials are being lazy than a bunch of millionaire families are being greedy? #BasementDwellers
— BernieCrats for Jill (@ILoveBernie1) October 1, 2016