Clinton Criticizes Young People's Middle East Knowledge, Sparking Backlash

 May 11, 2024

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has recently incited controversy with her remarks on young Americans’ understanding of the Middle East.

According to Daily Mail, Glenn Greenwald, a left-leaning journalist, accuses Clinton of bitterness due to her lack of young voter support in past presidential campaigns.

Clinton voiced her opinions during an MSNBC interview, asserting that young people lack sufficient knowledge of Middle East history. This was met with sharp criticism from Glenn Greenwald, who suggested that Clinton's comments stem from her electoral defeats in 2008 and 2016, where young voters preferred Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders, respectively.

Comments on Middle East Ignite Debate

“Young people today are not very well informed about the Middle East or, frankly, many other regions of the world,” Hillary Clinton remarked during the televised discussion.

She used the example of an offer made by her husband, former President Bill Clinton, for Middle Eastern peace to illustrate her point about the lack of historical knowledge among young Americans.

Writing on, Glenn Greenwald accused the former First Lady of harboring resentment towards young voters because she failed to secure their support in her presidential bids. “Just an embittered, miserable person,” Greenwald described her in his critique.

Greenwald's displeasure was sparked by what he perceives as Clinton’s disdain for the next generation's understanding or interest in serious historical contexts.

Detailed Accounts of Middle East History

Clinton detailed a significant moment in Middle East diplomacy when discussing the negotiations that took place in 2000 at Camp David. The summit, involving Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, was a pivotal yet unsuccessful attempt to establish peace. “They don’t know offer was made to the Palestinians for a state comprising 96 percent of the territory they already occupied,” Clinton explained.

However, these efforts faltered, leading to escalated conflicts rather than resolution. This lack of historical perspective, Clinton argues, underlies many young Americans' current views on the Israel-Gaza situation. Clinton's clash with young Americans has become increasingly evident in recent months. In February, during a lecture at Colombia University, where she serves as a professor, she was confronted by pro-Palestinian protestors shouting accusations of war crimes.

The tension underscores a broader generational divide on foreign policy issues, particularly concerning the Middle East.


The enthusiasm shown by young voters for Obama in 2008 and Sanders in 2016 starkly contrasted with their tepid response to Clinton, underscoring a perennial challenge in her campaigns: connecting with this crucial demographic.

This persisting divide perhaps explains the vexation that colors Clinton’s recent commentaries on their grasp of historical and international affairs, suggesting her criticisms are not merely about knowledge gaps but also about a deeper electoral disconnect.

Hillary Clinton's recent remarks highlight a contentious debate over historical knowledge and its impacts on modern foreign policy perspectives among American youth. Greenwald's accusations position these comments within a broader political and generational context, illustrating ongoing tensions between established political figures and the evolving viewpoints of younger generations. As this debate continues, it encapsulates broader questions about history, education, and political alignment in contemporary America.

About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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