Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would not commit to supporting Bernie Sanders’ candidacy if he wins the Democratic nomination in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
Clinton spoke with the outlet ahead of a new Hulu documentary series titled “Hillary.” Clinton criticized Sanders in an interview for the documentary.
"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, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "He was a career politician. It's all just baloney and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it.”
Clinton won’t commit to backing Bernie:
Asked if she would endorse Sanders if he was the nominee, Clinton replied, "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, “she said. “It's his online Bernie Bros and their relentless attacks on lots of his competitors, particularly the women. 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.”
“And 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]. I think that that's a pattern that people should take into account when they make their decisions,” she added.
Clinton’s comments slammed:
Reporters on Twitter pointed out that Clinton supporters relentlessly attacked Barack Obama and his supporters during their contentious 2008 primary race and 25 percent of Clinton voters later voted for John McCain, a much higher number than the number of Sanders supporters who backed Trump.
"Lots of ink spilled on how 'Bernie Bros' will stay at home or vote Trump if it isn't Bernie,” said Mehdi Hasan, a columnist at The Intercept. “Hillary's THR interview a reminder of the reverse: 'centrist' Dems may stay at home or vote 3rd party (Bloomberg??) if Sanders or Warren are the candidate and deliver Trump a 2nd term.”
"I was told harshly attacking potential Democratic Party nominees was doing Putin's bidding, what happened with that," said The Appeal's Adam Johnson. "These comments from Clinton are not only gratuitous and petty they achieve everything we're told sinister Russian disinformation does: Depress turn out, makes people cynical about politics, 'sow division.'"