Hillary Clinton’s campaign on Saturday responded to a leaked recording of her commenting on Bernie Sanders supporters during the primary, saying she was “inspired” by young voters who backed the Vermont senator.
“As Hillary Clinton said in those remarks, she wants young people to be idealistic and set big goals. She is fighting for exactly what 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,” the statement read.
Clinton’s campaign called young voters “the most diverse, open-minded generation in history” who want to be heard, and touted her and Sanders’s college plan.
“She’s inspired by the optimism and the drive of this generation and Sanders supporters across the country — and they’ve helped her craft and promote the most progressive platform in Democratic party history,” the statement said.
Audio from a February fundraiser leaked Friday showed the now-Democratic nominee giving her take on voters to the left and right of her. She suggested that Sanders supporters were overly idealistic but called for understanding of their disillusionment with their future prospects.
“Some are new to politics completely. They’re children of the Great Recession. And they are living in their parents’ basement,” she 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.”
Clinton’s Republican rivals have seized on her comments. Donald Trump plans to hit her for the “basement dwellers” remark at a Saturday night speech.