Clinton Savages Sanders On MoJo, Risks Alienating Supporters She Desperately Needs
During an interview on “Morning Joe,” Secretary Clinton repeatedly attacked her Democratic primary rival Bernie Sanders, simultaneously arguing that his positions on Wall Street – a topic Sanders frequently uses to criticize Clinton – make him unqualified and that his supporters should fall in line behind her.
Clinton’s specific attack against Sanders’ readiness was her belief that he “hasn’t done his homework” on his criticism of Wall Street. That criticism is a central tenet to Sanders’ candidacy and one that has led to millions of votes and numerous primary victories for the Vermont Senator.
Later, Clinton argued that Sanders supporters should fall in line behind her.
“Look, I think it’s exciting to be, in effect, protesting. I remember I did that a long time ago when I was in my 20s, and I totally get the attraction of this,” Clinton condescendingly said.
Clinton went on to argue that young voters support her (which is not born out in the polls – take Wisconsin’s exit polls last night, for example), and that they will fall in line because she has the experience to be commander in chief.
This is not a new line of attack for Clinton, though. On Sunday, she was asked about her angry interaction with a Greenpeace activist regarding her campaign taking contributions from the oil and gas industry. Clinton condescendingly said, “I feel sorry” for younger voters who support Sanders, implying she believes he is lying to them. She reiterated that attack last Friday during a sit-down with Politico’s Glenn Thrush that was released today:
“There is a persistent, organized effort to misrepresent my record, and I don’t appreciate that, and I feel sorry for a lot of the young people who are fed this list of misrepresentations,” Clinton said, a few minutes after talking herself hoarse at a rally here.
That drew criticism from someone who was successful at rallying younger voters for his candidate – former Obama adviser David Axelrod.
Line @HillaryClinton should drop: "…I feel sorry for the young people who are fed this list of misrepresentations." It's patronizing.
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) April 6, 2016
Minutes after the “Morning Joe” interview, NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie argued Clinton’s comments were “condescending” to Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon:
If Clinton’s goal is to continue to alienate Sanders supporters, she’s doing a heckuva job!