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Bernie Backs Clinton on Millennials; Rejects Trump Smear Campaign

Bernie Sanders refuted Donald Trump's claim that Hillary Clinton called his  millennial supporters 'basement dwellers' in a new interview today. (Photo: Getty)

Bernie Sanders refuted Donald Trump’s claim that Hillary Clinton called his millennial supporters ‘basement dwellers’ in a new interview today. (Photo: Getty)

Bernie Sanders has rejected Donald Trump’s claim that Hillary Clinton called his millennial supporters “basement dwellers” in the primary campaign. Millennials are backing Clinton by double digits in the latest scientific polls.

Sanders appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” today (Oct. 2) and gave his take on the episode to CNN’s Jake Tapper.

“If you listen to the whole discussion that she had, a very important point that she made is that a lot of young people who went into debt, worked very hard to get a good education, can’t find a job commensurate to the education that they received,” he said.

Trump and right-wing bloggers claimed Clinton called millennial’s, generally those in their 20s, “basement dwellers” and insisted she meant it in a derogatory manner.

But in her remarks, Clinton never used the term “basement dweller,” or anything close. The term was made up by Trump’s hard-right supporters.

Even thought the smear campaign was widely discredited yesterday (Oct. 1), Trump was unable to stop Tweeting about it today.

“Bernie should pull his endorsement of Crooked Hillary after she decieved (sic) him and then attacked him and his supporters,” he wrote on the social media site.

A scientific post-debate poll by Public Policy Polling showed Clinton with at least a 19-point lead over Trump among voters under 30 in five key swing states, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, according to RollCall.

In Florida, a key swing state Trump needs to wine, she posted her biggest lead–54 percent to 28 percent. Independents Jill Stein and Gary Johnson poll four percent each, according to the PPP survey, conducted Sept. 27 and Sept. 28.

Millennials voters surveyed also said Clinton overwhelmingly won the first presidential debate.

Sanders said the full audio of her comments at a Virginia meeting in February with contributors, shows little disagreement between them. The audio track was hacked and released through a right-wing web site.

The Vermont lawmaker said he is working with Clinton on plans to make colleges affordable and expanding access to health care through increased funding for community health centers.

“What Secretary Clinton and I have done since the election, since the primary nominating process, we have worked together in a number of areas,” he said.

Vice presidential candidates Mike Pence and Tim Kaine will debate Tues, Oct. 4 at Longwood University in Farmville, Va.

The next presidential debate will take place Sunday Oct. 9, at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

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