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Sanders: My Supporters “Are Living In Their Parents’ Basement” Because They Can’t Find Jobs

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Sanders: My Supporters “Are Living In Their Parents’ Basement” Because They Can’t Find Jobs

STEPHANOPOULOS: Some of Hillary Clinton’s critics have been targeting comments she made at a closed door fundraiser back in February.

I want to play them and then get your response.

Here we go.

She’s talking about your supporters.


HILLARY CLINTON (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: They’re children of the Great Recession and they are living in their parents’ basement. And so if 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.


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.

STEPHANOPOULOS: A lot of your former supporters who say they want a political revolution are still holding back from Hillary Clinton.

What do you say to them?

SANDERS: This is what I say, George. Look, we live in a tough world. This country faces enormous crises. As we do, as a planet. And I would like people simply — I’m not going to tell people how to vote — take a look at issue by issue.

For example, climate change. A lot of young people are appropriately very concerned about climate change and what happens to our planet if we do not transform our energy system.

Compare what Donald Trump says to what Hillary Clinton says. Donald Trump is ignoring science. Trump thinks that climate change is a hoax. Clinton has a serious plan in order to transform our energy system.

Raising the minimum wage — most Americans understand that a $7.25 minimum wage is a starvation wage. It’s got to be raised to the living wage. That is what Secretary Clinton wants.

You know, I just spoke to her a few days ago. In the first 100 days of her administration, if she’s elected, she intends to lay out a plan on climate change, lay out a plan on how we overturn this disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision which allows billionaires like the Koch brothers or Sheldon Adelson to buy elections. She wants to bring forth pay equity for women.

So I think if you look at Clinton versus Trump, issue by issue…

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