'Inexcusable': Hillary Clinton, Who Lost to Trump in 2016, Won't Commit to Helping Bernie Sanders Win in 2020
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter released Tuesday that she would not commit to endorse or support Sen. Bernie Sanders should he win the Democratic nomination later this year and stood by comments in a forthcoming Hulu documentary that “nobody likes” the Vermont senator.
Progressives were unimpressed with the remarks by Clinton, whose general election loss in 2016 delivered the White House to President Donald Trump.
“Hillary Clinton didn’t run for the presidency to benefit anyone but herself,” tweeted writer Natalie Shure, “so it makes sense she’d prioritize personal score-settling over siding with Bernie against Trump.”
The former secretary of state’s comments in the documentary reportedly target Sanders for harsh personal criticism.
“Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done,” Clinton claims. “He was a career politician.”
“It’s all just baloney and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it,” she adds, apparently referring to the Sanders movement.
Sanders is the most popular senator in the country among his constituents and has an average national favorability rating seven points higher than Clinton, whose popularity continues to decline.
In the interview with THR published Tuesday, Clinton confirmed that assessment of her 2016 primary contest rival and said she was “not going to go there yet” on supporting Sanders should he be the nominee.
“This is inexcusable,” said Pod Save America cohost Tommy Vietor. “If Bernie wins the nomination, we all need to work our asses off to help him win.”
Outline correspondent Shuja Haider noted the gravity of Clinton’s comments.
“Hillary Clinton declines to say she will endorse the 2020 Democratic nominee if it is not one of her preferred candidates,” said Haider.
Clinton—who some political observers believe narrowly lost to Trump in 2016 due in large part to a refusal down the stretch to go to Wisconsin, western Pennsylvania, and Michigan—trained her fire on Sanders despite the Vermont senator’s tireless campaigning on her behalf leading up to the general election.
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