Two weeks ahead of the First in the Nation Iowa Caucus, a scathing interview emerges in which former Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton tears not only into her former primary opponent, but also the movement Sanders exemplified.
In a four-part series simply dubbed ‘Hillary’, Clinton spent hours discussing her political career, challenges, accomplishments, scandals, and people she’s worked with over the years. When the interviewer got to Bernie Sanders, she said, “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.”
She added, “he was a career politician. It’s all just baloney, and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it.”
“Career politician” is an especially stinging jab at the man who’s been in politics for over 40 years; the Vermont Senator positioned himself as a Washington outsider and the opposite of ‘establishment democrats’ like former Sec. Clinton.
When asked why the documentary did not feature the point of view of heavily highlighted individuals like Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, or Monica Lewinsky, director Nanette Burstein said, “I didn’t want to re-litigate 2016, as much as just be able to show Hillary in this unobtrusive way.”
The interview where Clinton savaged Bernie was obviously dated by the time ‘Hillary’ premiered, but that doesn’t mean her opinion changed. When asked by the Hollywood Reporter if her assessment still held, she simply quipped, “yes it does.”
When questioned whether she’d endorse or go as far as campaign with Bernie (if he’s the nominee) Clinton said, “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. 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.”
Even before the primary season concluded, Clinton is suggesting she will not support the winner if it’s Bernie.
She also called the attacks by “Bernie Bros” against female candidates like Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren a concerning “pattern,” insinuating sexist motives behind the Sanders attacks.
In rapid succession, Hillary targeted Bernie for the largely dismissed conspiracy that he told Sen. Warren in a private meeting that a woman could not be president, and that he had accomplished nothing in his very lengthy public career. “I had a lot more experience than he did, and got a lot more done than he had,” Clinton said.
That claim is accurate. In the 30 years Bernie has been in Congress, only 7 bills he’s written became law. Three of which were mere renaming of government building or declaring a new Vermont holiday. None of which carried any weight or major change for the general public.