Hillary Clinton has been taking a lot of heat the past few days for purportedly calling Bernie Sanders supporters “basement dwellers”. Problem is, Hillary never said that.
What Hillary did say was the following:
“There is a sense of disappointment among young people about politics. They’re children of the Great Recession, and they are living in their parents’ basement. They feel that they got their education, and the jobs that are available to them are not at all what they envision for themselves, and they don’t see much of a future…that is a mindset that is really affecting their politics. So if you’re feeling that you are consigned to being a barista or 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.
I think we all should be really understanding of that and try to do the best we can, not to be a wet blanket on idealism; you want people to be idealistic, you want them to set big goals, but to take what we can achieve now and try to present them as big goals.”
Trump and his supporters have jumped on this statement, and have been trying to get #basementdwellers to trend on Twitter. A sampling of their tweets:
— MENACE FROM AMERICA (@EmperorBuck) October 1, 2016
— Jeremy Ellis (@JeremyAEllis) October 1, 2016
Hillary shows what she thinks about people…blacks, hispanics, etc are despised by these elitists #BasementDwellers
— John M (@jmccullough61) October 1, 2016
But it turns out, Bernie Sanders AGREES with what Hillary Clinton said.
Appearing on ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos, Sanders said, “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.”