Former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton unloaded on 2020 candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders during a new documentary.
“He was in Congress for years. He had one senator support him. Nobody likes him, nobody wants to figure with him, he got nothing done,” Clinton said within the film, consistent with the Hollywood Reporter. “He was a career politician. It’s all just baloney and that I feel so bad that folks got sucked into it.”
In an interview published Tuesday about the documentary, Clinton was asked if that assessment of Sanders, I-Vt., still holds: “Yes, it does,” she said.
Clinton wouldn’t say if she was prepared to endorse Sanders should he become the 2020 Democratic nominee, and went on to criticize the “culture” around Sanders’ supporters.
“It’s his leadership team. It’s his prominent supporters. It’s his online Bernie Bros and their relentless attacks on many his competitors, particularly the ladies ,” she said. “And I hope people are listening thereto because it should be worrisome that he has permitted this culture — not only permitted, [he] seems to be considered supporting it.”
The four-hour documentary series, titled “Hillary,” will premiere on Hulu this March and can be featured during the Sundance festival starting in the week , consistent with the Reporter.
Representatives of Sanders’ campaign didn’t immediately return an invitation for discuss Clinton’s remarks. But Sanders did address his followers after a recent feud over former vice chairman Joe Biden’s voting record.
“I appeal to my supporters: Please, engage in civil discourse,” Sanders told CBS News.
Sanders lost to Clinton within the 2016 Democratic primary, but ultimately endorsed and campaigned for her, though Clinton has previously accused Sanders of injuring her chances against President Donald Trump by delaying his endorsement.
“Honestly, Bernie just drove me crazy,” she said within the documentary, per the Hollywood Reporter.
I've got the kind of life you can't make up.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 17, 2020
Clinton also addressed recent controversy over Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s claim that Sanders told her a lady couldn’t win the presidency against Trump. Sanders denies he said that, but it caused tension between the 2 on the January Democratic debate stage.
Candidates got to be held in charge of their statements, Clinton said.
“That’s particularly true with what is going on immediately with the Bernie campaign having gone after Elizabeth with a personal attack on her,” Clinton said. “Then this argument about whether or not or when he did or didn’t say that a lady couldn’t be elected, it’s a part of a pattern. If it were a one-off, you would possibly say, ‘OK, fine.’ But he said I used to be unqualified.”
Sanders has polled as a winner within the 2020 primary, currently standing behind only Biden in data compiled by RealClearPolitics.