Jan 21, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Hillary Clinton on Bernie Sanders: "Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him"

Former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in 2016. Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Hillary Clinton makes her feelings clear about Sen. Bernie Sanders in a new documentary about her career, saying that "nobody likes him" and "nobody wants to work with him," per The Hollywood Reporter.

Driving the news: In an interview with the outlet about Hulu's forthcoming "Hillary," the former secretary of state didn't let up about her 2016 primary opponent, refusing to commit to endorse and campaign for the Vermont senator should he win the Democratic nomination this cycle.

  • She goes even further in the documentary, claiming that Sanders "got nothing done." and calling him "a career politician."
  • "It's all just baloney and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it," she added.

Reality check: Sanders is the most popular senator in the country, according to Morning Consult's quarterly favorability rankings.

What she's saying

On possibly endorsing Sanders: "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."

On if a woman can become president: "I think [that sentiment] is untrue, which we should all say loudly. I mean, I did get more votes both in the primary, by about 4 million, and in the general election, by about 3 million."

  • "That's particularly true with what's going on right now with the Bernie campaign having gone after Elizabeth [Warren] with a very personal attack on her. Then this argument about whether or not or when he did or didn't say that a woman couldn't be elected, it's part of a pattern. If it were a one-off, you might say, 'OK, fine.' But he 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."
  • "I just think people need to pay attention because we want, hopefully, to elect a president who's going to try to bring us together, and not either turn a blind eye, or actually reward the kind of insulting, attacking, demeaning, degrading behavior that we've seen from this current administration."

The latest: Hillary quipped Tuesday afternoon that she thought everyone wanted her "unvarnished views" and that she "will do whatever [she] can to support our nominee."

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