Trump moves to poach Sanders supporters with Clinton remarks
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpWhite House sued over lack of sign language interpreters at coronavirus briefings Wife blames Trump, lack of masks for husband's coronavirus death in obit: 'May Karma find you all' Trump authorizes reduced funding for National Guard coronavirus response through 2020 MORE sought to drive a wedge between Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump vows challenge to Nevada bill expanding mail-in voting Biden should pick the best person for the job — not the best woman Juan Williams: The Trump Show grows tired MORE and millennial supporters of Bernie SandersBernie SandersCuba spells trouble for Bass's VP hopes Trump Spanish-language ad equates progressives, socialists Biden's tax plan may not add up MORE, highlighting audio of the Democratic presidential nominee saying in February that young people backing the Vermont senator were still living in their parents' basements. 
Polls show Clinton is struggling to win over young voters, many of whom are flirting with supporting third-party candidates. 
"Hillary Clinton thinks Bernie supporters are hopeless and ignorant basement-dwellers. Then, of course, she thinks people who vote for and follow us are deplorable and irredeemable. I don't think so," he said at a Manheim, Pa., rally Saturday.
He chided Clinton's "sarcastic tone" — "she's a sarcastic person," the Republican presidential nominee said — while also hitting Sanders for giving up the fight against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal in endorsing Clinton. 
The controversy over Clinton's comments stems from February audio obtained by the Washington Free Beacon, in which Clinton critiques Sanders supporters, painting them as unrealistically idealistic and new to politics. The Free Beacon released the audio earlier this week, but Clinton's comments about Sanders supporters only received widespread coverage on Friday. 
"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," she said at the private fundraiser.
"Some are new to politics completely. They’re children of the Great Recession. And they are living in their parents’ basement," she said, going on to say that many are dissatisfied with their job prospects and that politicians need to understand where they are coming from. 
Clinton opponents have taken to Twitter to push their outrage over the comments — the hashtag "BasementDwellers" was one of the most popular hashtags in the country by the time of the rally. 
But the Democratic nominee's allies and Sanders's own aides have blasted that reading of her comments as a stretch, with her campaign releasing a statement arguing that she is "fighting for exactly what the millennial generation cares about — a fairer, more equal, just world." 
Trump started the rally with a keen focus on "Crazy Bernie" Sanders, criticizing him for ultimately endorsing Clinton and arguing that he betrayed his supporters, who will not get in line behind Clinton.
"Clinton, if she ever got the chance, would 100 percent approve Trans-Pacific Partnership," Trump said. "Our campaign is America's one and only chance to stop this."
"What Bernie Sanders did to his supporters was very, very unfair, and they are really not his supporters any longer," the GOP nominee said. 
"They are not going to support Hillary Clinton. I really believe a lot of those people are coming over largely because of trade." 
Trump has long tried to woo disaffected Democrats over to his party and spent much of his speech linking his anti-free trade policies to Sanders's primary campaign message. 
The Saturday night speech by Trump is a concerted effort to move forward from the controversy surrounding his treatment of a former Miss Universe. The Clinton campaign has forced him to be on the defensive since the debate, chastising him for calling the woman, Alicia Machado, fat for gaining weight after winning her crown and adding it to its accusations of sexism.
But while Trump's Republican allies have urged him to move on, Trump has dug in, bashing Machado in a series of late-night tweets earlier this week. 
The tape of Clinton's remarks at the February fundraiser give him new ammo to change the story, much like when he seized on her fundraiser remarks describing half of his supporters as "deplorable."
The release of the audio also comes at a tricky time for Clinton, who is falling below President Obama's 2012 levels with young voters — Obama won 60 percent of voters between the ages of 18 and 34. 
While Clinton still holds a healthy lead with that group, polls have shown that about a third are picking third parties. A new Fox News poll from this past week showed Clinton with 39 percent of young voters, with Trump at 27 percent.