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Leaked transcripts from a closed-door fundraiser reveal former president Bill Clinton privately agreeing with one of Republican nominee Donald Trump’s major campaign themes: the political system is rigged against working class Americans.
Clinton also appeared to tell the audience of Democratic donors that Hillary Clinton “deserves” to be elected president.
Clinton’s comments took place at an October 2015 private fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in Cheseapeake, Maryland.
The transcript of Clinton’s remarks were published by WikiLeaks alongside thousands of emails sent and received by Clinton campaign chair John Podesta.
n the speech, Clinton admitted that “there are lots of people in the Democratic Party and lots of working people all over the world who are sick and tired of working their heart out and never getting a pay raise.”
Clinton then conceded that, “to some extent,” the political system is rigged against the working class.
“And so they think the political system is rigged against them, which it is to some extent, and they think it doesn’t make any difference anyway, so they want to vote for whoever they think will raise the most hell,” he said.
“I want to vote for whoever I think will make the most difference, and that’s what you have to talk to people about. If the issue is who will make the most difference, it’s not a close question.”
Before admitting that the system is “rigged,” Bill appeared to say that Hillary Clinton “deserves” the White House and that voters shouldn’t “disappoint her” by voting for somebody else.
“Whether in office or out of office, she has consistently gotten the job done in an honorable way,” the transcript reads. “She deserves this (inaudible). And she will not disappoint you. But to get there, we have to not disappoint her.”