And she still doesn’t know if she’ll support him in case he wins the Democratic primary.
Hillary Clinton, former first lady of the United States and Democratic candidate in the 2016 presidential election, spoke in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter about a docuserie about her career that will be released on March 6 on Hulu. In the series, which is called Hillary and is divided into four episodes, Clinton also speaks in a very harsh tone about Bernie Sanders, her main challenger in the 2016 Democratic primaries, and today a new candidate in the primaries ahead of the November 3 elections.
In a passage, anticipated by The Hollywood Reporter, Clinton describes Sanders as follows: “He had been in Congress for years, and had only one senator to support him. Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he’s never done anything. He’s just a professional politician. He’s just a fraud, and I’m very sorry that people let themselves be fooled.”
Clinton also confirmed these statements in her interview with The Hollywood Reporter, but when asked if she would support Sanders if he wins the primary, she replied less strongly: “I don’t know yet. We are in a very lively primary phase. But I have to say, though, that it’s not just about him, it’s about the culture around him. It’s his leadership group. They are his most important supporters. They are his “Bernie Bros” on the Internet and their relentless attacks on many of his competitors, particularly women. I really hope people will pay attention to all this because it should be worrying that he has allowed this culture, and not just allowed it, because he [seems] to be a supporter of it.
Sanders replied to Clinton on Tuesday, but without responding directly to the accusations made against him: “My focus today is on a monumental phase in American history: Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. Together, we will go forward and defeat the most dangerous president in American history,” said Sanders.
Relations between Clinton and Sanders have never been particularly good: both during the 2016 primaries and after Clinton’s official candidacy as Donald Trump’s challenger. Clinton had closed the primaries by winning 32 states against Sanders’ 22 and getting 15 million votes against Sanders’ 11.8. Sanders, however, had avoided to the last to admit defeat, and had decided to support Clinton only after a few days. Even after his endorsement many of Sanders’ supporters had continued to attack Clinton, and before the Democratic convention in Philadelphia there had been a demonstration of protest against him. The riots continued during the convention, with a group of Bernie Sanders supporters whistling and booing every time Hillary Clinton’s name was mentioned.