Hillary Clinton has done so much pandering to young people that even Democratic strategist and advisor David Axelrod has called her out.
Line @HillaryClinton should drop: "...I feel sorry for the young people who are fed this list of misrepresentations." It's patronizing.— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) April 6, 2016
Axelrod expanded on his tweet on CNN's New Day, as Politico and The Hill noted. "I would stay away from the insinuation that these young people who are inspired by Bernie Sanders are dupes and they are being fed misinformation and that is why they are enthusiastic about Bernie Sanders," he said.
On Sunday, Hillary told Meet the Press host Chuck Todd that, in regards to allegations she accepted donations from the fossil fuel industry, "I feel sorry sometimes for the young people who, you know, believe this. They don’t do their own research."
Clinton had been approached by a Greenpeace activist at a rally asking about fossil fuels, to which Hillary snapped and assumed the activist was part of the Sanders campaign.
During an interview with Politico about how "Hillary Clinton has had enough of Bernie Sanders," she repeated that same sentiment. "There is a persistent, organized effort to misrepresent my record, and I don't appreciate that, and I feel sorry for a lot of the young people who are fed this list of misrepresentations," she said.
Clinton, despite months of trying, has failed to woo millennials from Bernie Sanders. They support Sanders by 76-29 percent, according to a recent McClatchy-Marist poll.
She has also discussed young voters following her loss in Wisconsin. Sanders won in part by capturing more than 80 percent of the youth vote. Neither Clinton nor her campaign did herself any favors in speaking about young people after the fact.
During Wednesday morning's Morning Joe, Hillary was asked about the importance of attracting Bernie Sanders' supporters, should she win the nomination, and why she hasn't done so thus far.
Her response was to categorize these young supporters as protesters.
"Look, I think it’s exciting to be, in effect, protesting. 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.
"I think we're in a good position," she said. "A lot of young people like both [me and Sanders]."
Chuck Todd later asked Clinton spokesperson Brian Fallon about those comments, if "this under-30 crowd is with Bernie out of a protest against Hillary Clinton?"
Fallon regarded that as "a misinterpretation of what she said. If you look at the breakdown of demographics right now, I bet a lot of the young people that are showing up to support Senator Sanders, their parents are probably voting for Hillary Clinton."
He also denied that it was "a little bit condescending," and stuck to how the campaign wants to win over those young voters.
Should Hillary be the nominee, she might have issues with young people in November, particularly in swing states. It doesn't help that 1 in 4 Sanders supporters would abandon her in the general election, either.