By Bronte Price, PoliticKING
Former President Bill Clinton aimed his criticism at Sanders supporters on Friday, inciting an online firestorm. “One of the few things I really haven’t enjoyed about this primary, I think it’s fine that all these young students have been so enthusiastic for her opponent, and it sounds so good, just shoot every third person on Wall Street and everything will be fine,” Clinton told NBC News. He added, “There are 50,000 fewer people there today, the Dodd-Frank Act is working.” Clinton later backtracked his statement, saying “that’s a joke, it’s a total joke.”
— The Hill (@thehill) April 16, 2016
When asked whether or not his comment was too dismissive of Sanders supporters, responded that the remark was “meant to point out that’s the unilateral explanation for everything that’s wrong with America.” He added that “we all need to lighten up, have a sense of humor.”
Sanders, took to Twitter to criticized the former president on Friday evening, saying that he was dismissing the concerns of the young people who identify as Bernie supporters. “We should be encouraging young people to get involved in politics, not disparaging them. This seems to be a pattern,” he wrote in a tweet.
We should be encouraging young people to get involved in politics, not disparaging them. This seems to be a pattern. https://t.co/UhP8ydUzm4
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 15, 2016
Clinton also made headlines recently after clashing with Black Lives Matter protesters at a Hillary Clinton rally. He defended his 1994 crime bill against protesters who were making the argument that the legislation disproportionately targeted black people. “You are defending the people who kill the lives you say matter,” Clinton told the protesters. He later told reporters that he “almost want[s] to apologize for” his remarks.
Here’s what Jesse Ventura has to say about Bernie and the Clintons:
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