So, you’re going to hear a lot of talk about a newly leaked audio of Hillary Clinton talking about Sanders supporters. Here is how you’re going to witness it being presented and misrepresented. You’re going to hear people talking about how truly horrible she is, how evil and hateful she is, and they’re going to prove that by parroting the newest trending hashtag from the Twittersphere: #basementdwellers.
Basement Dwellers. People are already reacting to this insult by spitting a stream of righteous venom directly into the eyes of anyone who still has the audacity to suggest the seven headed hydra known as Hillary Rodham Clinton is fit to govern anything, let alone the nation.
And hey, you have to admit that calling Sanders supporters (a thing I was and still am) a bunch of basement dwellers does sound like a wickedly dismissive cut down, the kind you might hear from Cruella Deville if she were an actual human being instead of a fictional villain in a children’s book and Disney cartoon. You know, kind of like the version of Hillary Clinton one might encounter when reading the comment threads in a chat group called Stop the Liberal Plot to Destroy America and Turn All Our Children Gay.
Many who repeat that term, basement dwellers, will hold this up as their smoking AK-47, the one that proves Clinton thoroughly detests all of us, and you might agree they have a point if – and this is a big IF: if you don’t bother to listen to or read a transcript of what Clinton actually said in the audio.
So, I’m going to do something pretty biased. I’m going to share her actual words. It’s biased because it reveals my prejudicial preference for a thing called context. Rather than distilling someone’s words into a two-word phrase you can spread across the web to incite outrage, I’ve got this weird little fetish for actual quotes.
Here are some of the things Hillary actually said. Be forewarned, I’m going to present them via a somewhat disorienting new technology known as full paragraphs.
Clinton: “It is important to recognize what’s going on in this election. Everybody who’s ever been in an election that I’m aware of is quite bewildered because 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. 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 that means, but it’s something that they deeply feel. So as a friend of mine said the other day, I am occupying from the center-left to the center-right. And I 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 — I don’t want to overpromise. I don’t want to tell people things that I know we cannot do. ”
This pretty much sounds like things she’s publicly said all along the campaign trail, but get ready for the bombshell blast.
Clinton: “Some are new to politics completely. They’re children of the Great Recession. And they are living in their parents’ basement. 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. I met with a group of young black millennials today and you know one of the young women said, “You know, none of us feel that we have the job that we should have gotten out of college. And we don’t believe the job market is going to give us much of a chance.” So that is a mindset that is really affecting their politics. And so if you’re feeling like you’re consigned to, you know, being a barista, or you know, some other job that doesn’t pay a lot, and doesn’t have some other ladder of opportunity attached to it, then the idea that maybe, just maybe, you could be part of a political revolution is pretty appealing. So I think we should all be really understanding of that and should try to do the best we can not to be, you know, a wet blanket on idealism. We want people to be idealistic. We want them to set big goals. But to take what we can achieve now and try to present them as bigger goals.”
Now, maybe I’m failing to be sufficiently outraged by her remarks. Maybe she truly is Hillary, Queen of the Damning, but it sounded to me like she was describing a real situation that many millenials are facing and saying she understands how it can lead to disillusionment and a desire to join something one sees as revolutionary that she personally feels may not be all that pragmatic and effective.
She encourages those listening to be understanding of that and to try to help people who feel this way to attach their goals to achievable outcomes we can work toward right now.
One of my favorite interviews that President Obama gave is the one he did while sitting in Marc Maron of the WTF podcast’s garage. He talked about the mindset that directed the way he governed and that was to ask himself each day what could be done to move things forward just one more inch. He believed in focusing on that rather than trying to go for all and losing everything. An inch at a time, forward, forward, forward.
In these words of hers, I essentially hear Secretary Clinton echoing that approach. Whether or not you agree with her ideas for doing so, that is the goal I hear her sharing with people. It’s the same one I heard her talk about even when I was voting for another candidate in a primary because I wanted things to move more swiftly and in bigger ways than what I felt she was offering.
If I’m going to be honest at all, I have to admit that maybe both she and the president are being more realistic than I was and sometimes still am because they’ve lived their lives in the trenches and know what political battles and forward movement really entail. I kind of like the idea of a president who doesn’t pander to my every irrational whim. At least in this particular instance, call me rational.
But what do I know? Maybe I should condense her words into a thing she didn’t actually say and then call for her head. It seems to be a very popular thing to do these days.
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