Hillary Clinton was widely criticized in September for referring to “half” of Trump supporters as a “basket of deplorables.”
She also called them “racist,” “sexist,””homophobic,” “xenophobic” and “Islamophobic” but it was the “deplorables” blast that grabbed the headlines and caused the stir — for which she later kinda sorta apologized.
In a newly released hacked audio clip from a February fundraiser, Hillary can be heard describing Bernie Sanders supporters, in part, this way:
“Some are new to politics completely. They’re children of the Great Recession. And they are living in their parents’ basement.
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.”
Fox News host Jesse Watters stopped by “Fox & Friends” to share his thoughts:
Twitter sprang into action immediately:
Funny thing about Hillary's #BasementDwellers comment is that she implies economy is great, yet says they're stuck in parent's basements.
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) October 1, 2016
Hey Hillary, if the economy is SO STRONG under Obama , why can't #BasementDwellers afford to move out? I'm confused? Another lie?
— lennyscards (@lennyscards) October 1, 2016
How sad is Hillary going to be when she loses the election to "deplorables" and #BasementDwellers.
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) October 1, 2016
This should get her a lot of young votes. Those basement leeches love to be mocked pic.twitter.com/baBTWpHf0A
— Eileen J (@longislpatriot) October 1, 2016
— Peter Douche's Liaison (@SilERabbit) October 1, 2016
Those who believe Hillary’s comments were taken out of context jumped in, as well:
— Steve Marmel (@Marmel) October 1, 2016
— mike casca (@cascamike) October 1, 2016
Funny to see all the Trumpnuts trying to get Bernie fans upset by distorting Hillary’s comments. Bunch of lying losers. #BasementDwellers
— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) October 1, 2016
So which was it? Mockery or empathy?
While it’s true that Hillary didn’t reference Millennial Sanders supporters in the same context as “basket of deplorables,” she did seem to suggest that many of them were ‘naive’ enough to buy into all of Bernie’s ‘free stuff,’ did she not?