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Axelrod To Clinton: Stop Insinuating Young Sanders Supporters Are Dupes

The chief political strategist for both of Barack Obama’s White House bids has some advice for his former 2008 opponent. Stop insulting Bernie voters!

“Line [Hillary Clinton] should drop: ‘…I feel sorry for the young people who are fed this list of misrepresentations.’ It’s patronizing,” David Axelrod wrote on Twitter.

“I would stay away from the insinuation that these young people who are inspired by Bernie Sanders are dupes and that somehow they are being fed misinformation and that’s why they are enthusiastic about Bernie Sanders,” he said in a later appearance on CNN.

The Hill reports:

Clinton used the line during a podcast interview published early Wednesday morning in which she questioned whether Sanders was actually a Democrat. Over the weekend, she also said she felt “sorry” for young people “who believe” Sanders’s claims about donations to her campaign.
 
“I think it’s exciting to be, in effect, protesting,” Clinton said later during a television appearance Wednesday morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
 
“I remember, I did that a long time ago when I was in my 20s, and I totally get the attraction of this,” Clinton said, adding of Sanders, “a lot of the young people like both of us.” She acknowledged, however, “they really like me” and “they really, really like him.”
 
“It is important to bring them into the process, and I give him a lot of credit for doing that,” Clinton said, before suggesting voters should focus on electing an experienced commander in chief.

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