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Bill Clinton Referenced 'Angry White Men' After GOP Won House in 1995

Former President Bill Clinton 

By    |   Wednesday, 21 Dec 2016 04:35 PM

Former President Bill Clinton's use of the term angry white men in recent days was not the first time he has blamed an election loss on this group.

He used the same phrase during a 1995 speech while he was president.

As The Daily Caller noted, Clinton was speaking to a crowd at the California Democratic Party in Sacramento about Republicans' victories in the mid-term election that resulted in Democrats losing their House majority.

Clinton mentioned the fact when he was younger in his home state of Arkansas, he saw public restrooms still marked "white and colored."

Clinton then talked about "angry white men," a group on which he placed partial blame for his wife's loss in last month's presidential election to Republican Donald Trump.

"Now, we have made great progress in the last 30 years, but we still don't all, any of us, understand fully what is in all of our hearts about all these complex issues of gender and race," Clinton said in 1995.

"Let me say something for all the people that are pushing for this. This is psychologically a difficult time for a lot of white males, the so-called angry white males. Why? Because those who don't have great educations and who aren't in jobs which are growing, even though they may have started out ahead of those of you who are female and of different races, most of them are working harder for less money than they were making 15 years ago."

Clinton went on to explain how people in this alleged demographic became the way he said they were.

"Imagine what it's like for them, just for a moment, to go home at night, when they're my age, and they're nearly 50, and they think, 'Gosh, when I was 20, I thought the whole world was before me, I thought by the time I was 50 I'd have three or four kids, I'd be sending them all to college, my retirement would be secure, we'd have a good life,'" Clinton said.

"And now they've been working for 15 years without a raise and they think they can be fired at any time. They go home to dinner and they look across the table at their families, and they think they've let them down, they think somehow, 'What did I do wrong?' It's pretty easy for people like that to be told by somebody else in the middle of a political campaign with a hot 30-second ad, 'You didn't do anything wrong; they did it to you.'"

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