Clinton critiques Sanders fans in leaked audio
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Audio from a private fundraiser during the primary election shows Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats say it's up to GOP to stop Trump 2024 Hillary Clinton to speak at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders summit More than half of eligible Latinos voted in 2020, setting record MORE critiquing supporters of far-right Republicans along with fans of her then-rival Bernie SandersBernie SandersProminent Muslim group to boycott White House Eid celebration over stance on Israel-Gaza violence Biden speaks with Israel's Netanyahu again amid ramped-up strikes in Gaza Let's not make that 'liberal' mistake again MORE, whom she suggested were overly idealistic.


“There is a strain of, on the one hand, the kind of populist, nationalist, xenophobic, discriminatory kind of approach that we hear too much of from the Republican candidates,” she said at the February event, audio of which was released by the Free Beacon and reported by Politico

“And on the other side, 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 it means but it is something that they deeply feel.”  

Clinton said that many Sanders supporters are disillusioned with the path in front of them. 

"Some are new to politics completely. They’re children of the Great Recession. And they are living in their parents’ basement," she said. "They feel they got their education and the jobs that are available to them are not at all what they envisioned for themselves. And they don’t see much of a future."

Clinton said the idea of a "political revolution is pretty appealing," if you feel you're on a path to low-wage jobs with little opportunity for advancement.

"I think we all should be really understanding of that," Clinton said.

Clinton, speaking at a Virginia fundraiser hosted by former U.S. ambassador Beatrice Welters in February, said she considers herself a centrist. 

“I am occupying from the center left to the center right, and don’t have much company there because it is difficult when you’re running to be president and you understand how hard the job is,” she said. “I don’t want to over-promise. I don’t want to tell people things that I know we cannot do. I want to level with the American people and be very clear about the progress that I think we can make.”

At another point during her remarks, Clinton appeared to break with President Obama on several foreign policy points.