Sen. Bernie Sanders shut down the latest Republican attempt to split his supporters from Hillary Clinton by blowing the GOP’s October surprise to bits.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Here’s what Donald Trump Tweeted about that. He said, “Crooked H is nasty to Sanders’ supporters behind closed doors, owned by Wall Street and politicians. HRC is not with you,” making a direct pitch to your supporters.
How did you take it?
SANDERS: I took it exactly the opposite way. I think what she said — and, by the way, during the campaign, we do have our differences, Secretary Clinton and I do disagree on issues. But what she was saying there is absolutely correct. And that is, you’ve got millions of young people, many of whom took out loans in order to go to college, hoping to go out and get decent-paying, good jobs.
And you know what?
They’re unable to do that. And yes, they do want a political revolution. They want to transform this society. They want to make sure that when they get out of school, they can get a job that pays them wages and salaries commensurate with the education they have. I think that’s a very important point. And that is an issue that, as a nation, we have got to address — how do we create good-paying jobs for people who have a decent education?
And one of the issues that Clinton is talking about is rebuilding our infrastructure, pay equity for women, raising the minimum wage to a living wage, so, in fact, we can have decent paying jobs for all of our people.
Sen. Sanders is the one person who can credibly address what Hillary Clinton said in the audio, and he did so in an expert fashion.
Until Donald Trump’s 1995 tax return that showed up in the mailbox, Republicans were hoping that the media would be buzzing about Clinton’s comments about Sanders supporting millennials.
However, most of the non-right wing media didn’t take the bait. Hillary Clinton never said what conservative media claimed she said. Clinton wasn’t condescending. She was sympathetic and understanding of the driver behind much of the disappointment that young people who are back living at home, working a job that they overqualified for, and buried in student loan debt are experiencing.
The conflict between Clinton and Sanders supporters was never about what to do, but how to get there. The 2016 Democratic primary was a dispute centered around disagreements about the process, not goals.
It is a sign of the comprehensive desperation of Republicans that they see their only hope of victory as splitting the Democratic Party.
Sen. Sanders is doing his best to make sure that younger people who supported him understand why Hillary Clinton is their best choice in November, as the Republican attempt at an “October surprise” has come and gone with barely a whimper.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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