Hillary Clinton unloaded on Bernie Sanders in a new interview, saying that ‘nobody likes him’ and he’s full of ‘baloney, in a clear sign the rift from the last presidential contest has not healed.
The former secretary of state didn’t mince words when it came to Sanders, who was her rival for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, and told The Hollywood Reporter it was too early to talk about a possible endorsement if he became the choice of Democrats to take on Donald Trump in November.
Sanders staying in the 2016 contest after it was clear Clinton would be the nominee – along with his attacks on her and his reluctance to endorse – resulted in many Democrats believing he damaged her candidacy as she went into the general election against Donald Trump.
Clinton spoke with The Hollywood Reporter to promote ‘Hillary’ – a documentary of her marriage and political life that will air on Hulu.
She addresses Sanders in the documentary, saying: ‘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.’
She told The Hollywood Reporter her assessment of Sanders still holds.
And she wouldn’t answer whether or not she will endorse him in the 2020 contest.
‘I’m not going to go there yet,’ she said. ‘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.’
She went on to blast his supporters – known as ‘Bernie Bros’ – for their attacks on women.
‘It’s his online Bernie Bros and their relentless attacks on lots of his competitors, particularly the women,’ Clinton 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.’
Sanders faced complaints from women who worked on his 2016 campaign that they were harassed by male colleagues and paid less than their male counter parts.
He apologized and vowed to do better in 2020.
In his response to Clinton’s comments, Sanders said he was focused on Trump’s impeachment trial that begins Tuesday in the Senate.
‘My focus today is on a monumental moment in American history: the impeachment trial of Donald Trump. Together, we are going to go forward and defeat the most dangerous president in American history,’ he said in a statement.
Clinton also addressed the feud between Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, calling it part of the Vermont senator’s ‘pattern’ of behavior. Warren claims Sanders told her in a private meeting a woman cannot be president, which he has denied.
‘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,’ Clinton said. ‘If it were a oneoff, 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.’
She said she has spoken to both Warren and Amy Klobuchar, the two women left in the Democratic race, to give them advice.
‘With the women, I say, ‘You’re probably not going to be treated fairly, but don’t let it knock you off stride,” she said.
She also addressed her past work with Harvey Weinstein, who raised money for her political campaigns.
‘How could we have known? He raised money for me, for the Obamas, for Democrats in general. And that at the time was something that everybody thought made sense. And of course, if all of us had known what we know now, it would have affected our behavior,’ she said.
She also said she was the victim of a double-standard when it came to women, who criticized her for staying with Bill Clinton after the Monica Lewinsky affair but continued to support him.
‘I wish I understood it, I really do. And look, I lived through that where women were judging me and then a little conversation would lead to the fact that they had a similar issue or their sister did or their friend did and there was so much anxiety and even fear wrapped up in it. But it was also true that, as we saw it in survey after survey, he could, if he ran today, get reelected. What is it about this double standard, both double standard in public and double standard in private?,’ she said.
And she ruled out running for president again.
‘I have had so many people [urge me to]. Every day. And I’m grateful for people’s confidence, but I did think it was right for me to step back. I’ll do anything I can to defeat the current incumbent, and to reverse a lot of his damaging policies. Thankfully, I still have a voice and a following,’ Clinton said.
The four-hour ‘Hillary’ will premiere in its entirety March 6 on Hulu. Clinton also will promote it at the Sundance Film Festival later this month.