Politics

'Nobody likes him': Hillary Clinton rips Bernie Sanders and accuses him of supporting sexist attacks

Key Points
  • In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Hillary Clinton slammed Sen. Bernie Sanders, her main competitor in the 2016 Democratic primary, as a political hack who supports sexist attacks against his rivals.
  • In a new Hulu docuseries premiering March, Clinton unloads on 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."
Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) speaks as U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) looks on during a campaign rally at University of New Hampshire on September 28, 2016 in Durham, New Hampshire. Hillary Clinton is campaigning in New Hampshire. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Hillary Clinton is still not feeling the Bern.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in advance of a new Hulu docuseries profiling Clinton, the former Democratic presidential nominee slammed Sen. Bernie Sanders as a political hack who supports sexist attacks on his rivals.

In the series, Clinton unloads on the Vermont independent, her main competitor in the 2016 Democratic primary: "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."

When asked by The Hollywood Reporter whether that assessment still holds, she said, "Yes, it does."

While Clinton said she is committed to unseating President Donald Trump, she declined to say whether she would endorse Sanders if he won the Democratic nomination.

A spokesperson for Clinton said in a tweet that "she has repeatedly made clear that she isn't committing to any candidate as the primary plays out, and more than anyone in the world she has shown time and again that she puts Democrats & our democracy above all else."

But her spokesperson also added that when the Democratic nominee is decided, Clinton "won't be any exception" and will work her "heart out" for them.

The four-hour docuseries, called "Hillary," premieres March 6.

In it, Clinton complains that Sanders' entire campaign is complicit.

"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. She added:

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.

Sanders' campaign didn't directly address the comments Clinton made, saying in a statement that the candidate's "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."

Sanders himself told an NBC reporter Tuesday that "on a good day my wife likes me so let's clear the air on that one," in response to Clinton saying nobody likes him. He also added that Clinton "is entitled to her point of view" and urged the reporter to ask Clinton why she is concerned with the 2016 election today.

And to Politico, Sanders said polls show that he is the "most popular U.S. senator in the country. So somebody out there must like me."

But Sanders has fallen under scrutiny lately for a private conversation the candidate allegedly had with Sen. Elizabeth Warren on a woman's electability.

Warren said during the most recent Democratic debate that Sanders told her in a private meeting that a woman could not win the election. Sanders, at the Jan. 14 debate, denied the accusation.

"Anybody who knows me knows that it's incomprehensible that I would think that a woman could not be the president of the United States," the Vermont senator said.

Sanders, who identifies as a democratic socialist, added that in 2015 he chose to hold off on announcing his candidacy for president until Warren told him she would not run in the 2016 election.

"Warren decided not to run and I did. I ran afterwards," he said.

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Clinton in the newest interview said a one-off comment about women might be permissible, but Sanders' attitude toward women appears to be "a pattern."

Clinton also added that Sanders "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."

The news about the alleged conversation between Sanders and Warren does not appear to have damaged his campaign for the nomination. In national polls, Sanders still sits in second place with about 21% of support, putting him directly behind the front-runner, former Vice President Joe Biden.

Correction: This story was updated to reflect that Sanders talked with an NBC reporter.