Hillary Clinton dropped a bombshell on Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Tuesday, declining to endorse him to win the Democratic nomination in 2020 and, instead, strongly criticized him and his campaign.
Her comments were revealed by the Hollywood Reporter and will appear in a forthcoming four-part documentary called “Hillary.”
According to the report, Clinton was asked if she would back Sanders as the two ran against each other in 2016. She declined, calling him a “career politician” and saying “nobody likes him.”
“He was in Congress for years. He had one senator support him. Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done,” Clinton said per Politico.
“He was a career politician. It’s all just baloney and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it,” she added.
She was then specifically asked if she would endorse him anyway.
“I’m not going to go there yet. We’re still in a very vigorous primary season,” Clinton answered. “I will say, however, that it’s not only him, it’s the culture around him. It’s his leadership team. It’s his prominent supporters. It’s his online Bernie Bros and their relentless attacks on lots of his competitors, particularly the women.”
Clinton said “it should be worrisome” that, as a political figure and presidential candidate, Sanders has “not only permitted” his staff from attacking other candidates, but “seems to really be very much supporting it.”
“I don’t think we want to go down that road again where you campaign by insult and attack and maybe you try to get some distance from it, but you either don’t know what your campaign and supporters are doing or you’re just giving them a wink and you want them to go after Kamala [Harris] or after Elizabeth [Warren],” Clinton continued per Poltiico. “I think that that’s a pattern that people should take into account when they make their decisions.”
Politico reports the documentary will “debut in March and chronicle her life and most recent White House bid.”
Check her comments out below:
HRC on Bernie Sanders: "He was in Congress for years. He had one senator support him. Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done. He was a career politician. It's all just baloney and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it." https://t.co/zd43tKKeaB
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) January 21, 2020
— Tim Alberta (@TimAlberta) January 21, 2020
— Vince Coglianese (@VinceCoglianese) January 21, 2020
For what it’s worth, Clinton’s remarks in the interview are much different than the ones she publically made in 2016:
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) January 21, 2020
Politico reports Clinton’s remarks came just days after Sanders found himself in a spat with fellow presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren:
Warren has maintained that Sanders told her during a private meeting in December 2018, prior to the respective announcements of their presidential candidacies, that he did not believe a woman could defeat Trump in 2020. Although he has denied ever making such a statement, Clinton charged that the debate represents “part of a pattern” for Sanders.
“If it were a one-off, you might say, ‘OK, fine.’ But he said I was unqualified. I had a lot more experience than he did, and got a lot more done than he had, but that was his attack on me,” Clinton, who served in the Senate with Sanders from 2007-2009, said.
“I just think people need to pay attention,” she continued, “because we want, hopefully, to elect a president who’s going to try to bring us together, and not either turn a blind eye, or actually reward the kind of insulting, attacking, demeaning, degrading behavior that we’ve seen from this current administration.”
Axios reports Clinton addressed the ongoing Warren-Sanders feud too.
“I think [that sentiment] is untrue,” Clinton said of a woman being unable to win the presidency, “which we should all say loudly. I mean, I did get more votes both in the primary, by about 4 million, and in the general election, by about 3 million.”
She then commented on the specific feud, seemingly siding with Warren: “That’s particularly true with what’s going on right now with the Bernie campaign having gone after Elizabeth [Warren] with a very personal attack on her. Then this argument about whether or not or when he did or didn’t say that a woman couldn’t be elected, it’s part of a pattern. If it were a one-off, you might say, ‘OK, fine.’ But he said I was unqualified. I had a lot more experience than he did, and got a lot more done than he had, but that was his attack on me.”
“I just think people need to pay attention because we want, hopefully, to elect a president who’s going to try to bring us together, and not either turn a blind eye, or actually reward the kind of insulting, attacking, demeaning, degrading behavior that we’ve seen from this current administration,” Clinton added.