Beaten US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has no love lost on Senator Bernie Sanders in a new, scathing interview – as she called the returning Democratic frontrunner an ineffective, disingenuous “career politician”.
The former US Secretary of State, speaking with the Hollywood Reporter about her upcoming ‘Hillary’ documentary with Hulu, refused to even commit to endorse the Vermont senator should he win the Democratic nomination in 2020.
“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,” Clinton says in Hillary, an assessment she still holds in her Hollywood Reporter feature.
While she made no mention of not supporting the Democratic campaign, Clinton made her feelings towards her 2016 primary opponent outrightly clear.
“I’m not going to go there yet. We’re still in a very vigorous primary season. 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,” she said.
“And I really hope people are paying attention to that because it should be worrisome that he has permitted this culture — not only permitted, [he] seems to really be very much supporting it,” Clinton added.
Clinton even waded into the Elizabeth Warren controversy, adding that despite vigorous denials, Sanders’ campaign continues to show a pattern and she hopes America is paying attention.
“I think that both the press and the public have to really hold everybody running accountable for what they say and what their campaign says and does. That’s particularly true with what’s going on right now with the Bernie campaign having gone after Elizabeth with a very personal attack on her,” she told the Hollywood Reporter.
“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,” Clinton continued.
“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,” she said.
The comments have highly polarised social media as some have supported Clinton’s rhetoric while others have condemned the remarks as disparaging and nothing but inflammatory.