Clinton: This Election Is ‘Downright Depressing’

September 19, 2016

Hillary Clinton said Monday that the 2016 presidential election "can be downright depressing" during a rally held at Temple University in Philadelphia.

"This election, in particular, can be downright depressing sometimes," Clinton said while speaking about how the United States is in need of strong and principled leadership.

"We also need strong, principled leaders who can win votes, write laws, allocate resources, and do the slow, hard business of governing," she said.

Clinton added that this election cycle is not only depressing, but she also thinks "politics can be discouraging."

Clinton was speaking at Temple University as part of a new outreach effort to millennial voters. She told the largely millennial audience that this election is important for both the country and the world as a whole.

"But, it matters," Clinton said. "It really does. It matters for our families, our communities, and our country, and the world."

Clinton is trying to appeal to younger voters as she struggles to gain support among this demographic group. One recent poll, for example, showed that only 38 percent of voters aged 18 to 34 support Clinton in swing states in a four-way race. Many of these individuals had supported Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) in the Democratic primary. Sanders acknowledged Friday morning that some of his supporters still hate Clinton despite her becoming the Democratic nominee.

Clinton’s numbers are also sliding with African-Americans, a key part of the Democratic voting bloc. One poll released Saturday shows that Donald Trump seems to be gaining support among African-Americans while Clinton’s enthusiasm among the voting group is deteriorating.

In the span of less than a month, Clinton’s support plunged from 90.4 percent to 71.4 percent, the New York Post reported.

Trump saw a 16.5 percentage-point increase in backing from African-American voters in a Los Angeles Times/University of Southern California tracking poll, up from 3.1 percent on Sept. 10 to 19.6 percent through Friday.

Meanwhile, the same poll showed Clinton’s support among that group plummeting from 90.4 percent on Sept. 10 to 71.4 percent.