Hillary Clinton may have lost Millennials by invoking 9/11 to defend her Wall Street ties.
Over the weekend CBS hosted the second Democratic National Debate and unlike the RNC debates that has basically been devoid of any substantive discussions on the issues that concern the American voter. The DNC debate displayed differences between the Democratic Party and the Republican party as well as the three candidates running for the party’s nomination.
Front runner Hilary Clinton, Clinton’s closest rival and leading candidate in New Hampshire Bernie Sanders squared off on the differences between there approach to foreign policy as well as regulation of Wall Street. Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley also had a positive showing detailing his record of accomplishments in his state. The results of Saturday’s debate were pretty much the same as last month’s with the mainstream media declaring Clinton the winner and the Internet proclaiming Sanders the winner by a wide margin.
Sanders is clearly the choice of “liberal” millennial voters however odds are that Clinton will be the nominee for the President and she will need the youth voter to be active and engaged in order to beat any Republican rival. But one answer may have ultimately sealed her fate when it comes to young people.
The moment came to the question of big money in politics; Bernie Sanders has proudly refused any Super-PAC money and has called out Hillary Clinton’s large Wall Street donor base as potentially setting up a “quid-pro-quo” situation.
Clinton’s response was to invoke the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center.
“So I—I represented New York, and I represented New York on 9/11 when we were attacked. Where were we attacked? We were attacked in downtown Manhattan where Wall Street is,” - Hillary Clinton
People following the debate on twitter were outraged by Clinton’s response finding it opportunistic and disingenuous. Many of the millennials who were children during the time of the 9/11 attacks grew up with 9/11 being the excuse for policies that they do not agree with. Increasingly millennials do not agree with the nation’s policy of endless military campaigns or increased government spying on citizens.
Clinton’s response perhaps might have been better served if she described in detail the bills she helped to Sheppard that went to offering loan guarantees and other rebuilding efforts for the lower Manhattan region. However the real reason Clinton enjoys long time Wall Street support is her record and positions on regulatory policy. Clinton offers a more pragmatic approach and public/private partnership which Wall Street finds favorable.
Family Guy Episode Prophetic
Immediately after the Clinton’s line many compared this episode of Family Guy to Clinton’s 9/11 invocation.
The Young Turks Crown Clinton’s 9/11 line the worst of the night
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