April 26, 2016

Clinton Reveals She Has No Idea How To Win Over Sanders Voters

During a town hall on MSNBC Monday night, Secretary Clinton erupted when host Rachel Maddow tried to ask her about a scenario in which her primary rival, Bernie Sanders, might drop out of the race. Unable to contain herself, Clinton yelled:

CLINTON: “I am ahead in the vote, Rachel! I am way ahead in the vote. I mean, no, no wait a minute, look, I have the greatest respect for Senator Sanders, but really, what he and his supporters are now​ saying just doesn’t​ add up.”​

Maddow gave Clinton a gift-wrapped opportunity to offer an olive branch to Sanders and his supporters, whom she would desperately need in a potential general election, but instead she chose to insult them.

This morning, the New York Times caught up with some Sanders supporters. The result of the conversations demonstrates just how steep a climb Clinton has among this group of voters:

Cynthia Kral, 38, of Pittsburgh, said she would never vote for Mrs. Clinton. “I cannot trust her,” Ms. Kral said, adding that she planned to vote for a third-party candidate or write in Mr. Sanders’s name in the general election. “I feel like she can be bought on anything, and for her to be president — that kind of scares me.”

Others said they’re blindly following Sanders, no matter his chances:

“I hate to say it, but I feel like I’m putting my head in a bag and just crossing my fingers,” said Jessie Burnett, 39, a mother of three who lives in Tolland, Conn. “I’m throwing my full support behind him until he says he is out,” she said, …

And while Sanders has demonstrated an ability to win over independents, it’s clear those voters will not automatically switch to Clinton, should Sanders drop out:

Mr. Wacker, the striking Verizon technician, was once an independent, but switched his party affiliation recently to become a Democrat so he could vote for Mr. Sanders.

He said that he did not trust Mrs. Clinton because of her ties to Wall Street, and that he believed she would make decisions from “an ivory tower.”

“Even if she has good intentions, her mind is not really geared toward people like me,” Mr. Wacker said of Mrs. Clinton. “It’s geared toward people who are going to help her out.”

The idea that Clinton is more interested in the well being of those who can benefit her is something that has shown up in numerous exit polls, and one that Clinton seems ill-equipped to reverse.