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Clinton Says ‘Nobody Likes’ Sanders, Won’t Commit To Supporting Him If He Wins Nomination

Bernie Sanders at the 2019 CA Democratic Convention (Photo: Gage Skidmore). Hillary Clinton at the Winnacunnet High School, Hampton NH in 2007. (Photo: Marc Nozell)
Bernie Sanders at the 2019 CA Democratic Convention (Photo: Gage Skidmore). Hillary Clinton at the Winnacunnet High School, Hampton NH in 2007. (Photo: Marc Nozell)

“I will say, however, that it’s not only him, it’s the culture around him…”

Hillary Clinton said that “nobody likes” Bernie Sanders and refused to commit to supporting him if he wins the Democratic nomination in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published Tuesday, drawing criticism from progressives who argue that they are hypocritically accused of disunity by the Democratic establishment that Clinton represents.

“In the doc, you’re brutally honest 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. He was a career politician. It’s all just baloney and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it,” reporter Lacey Rose read from a quote Clinton gave in an upcoming documentary.

Asked if the quote still represents her views, Clinton replied, “Yes, it does.”

“I will say, however, that it’s not only him, its 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.”

Notably, Sanders consistently ranks among the most popular senators in the country, while Clinton had a record-low favorability rating of 36% in Gallup’s 2018 poll. Clinton was also the second most disliked presidential candidate in U.S. history and lost to the most disliked candidate, Donald Trump.

“I’m not going to go there yet. We’re still in a very vigorous primary season,” Clinton said when asked if she would support Sanders if he wins the Democratic nomination.

Sanders endorsed Clinton after her 2016 primary victory and one of his campaign spokespeople told Politico that he “traveled to 39 rallies in 13 states during the final three months of the election cycle, and hit up 17 rallies in 11 states during the final week of the election,” to support her campaign, significantly more events than Clinton did for Obama after losing to him in 2008.

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Peter Castagno

Peter Castagno is a staff writer and assistant editor at Citizen Truth.

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