Feeling The Bern: Hillary Says Sanders Caused Lasting Damage To Her Campaign

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That includes with Bernie Sanders.

In the passage that was tweeted out Monday evening by Tom Watson, Clinton attacks some of Sanders’s supporters for being “sexist” and suggests the Vermont senator doesn’t have the Democratic Party’s true interests at heart. Most notably, she also intimates that he may not have even cared that his underhanded (in her opinion) attacks on her helped Donald Trump become president.

“When I finally challenged Bernie during a debate to name a single time I changed a position or a vote because of a financial contribution, he couldn’t come up with anything,” she wrote. “Nonetheless, his attacks caused lasting damage, making it harder to unify progressives in the general election and paving the way for Trump’s ‘Crooked Hillary’ campaign.

“I don’t know if that bothered Bernie or not.”

Clinton continues: “He certainly shared my horror at the thought of Donald Trump becoming President, and I appreciate that he campaigned for me in the general election. But he isn’t a Democrat – that’s not a smear, that’s what he says. He didn’t get into the race to make sure a Democrat won the White House, he got in to disrupt the Democratic Party.”

At the end of the page, Clinton concludes by saying: “I am proud to be a Democrat and I wish Bernie were too.”

This, needless to say, isn’t likely to help the Democratic Party heal any time soon. I’ve argued before that Clinton’s decision to dwell upon the many allegedly unfair reasons for her general-election loss – Russia, James Comey, misogyny, debate questions, etc. – are likely to distract from the truly difficult work Democrats face in determining how they lost the Rust Belt to a historically unpopular nominee in Trump. Clinton seems to have far more interest in pointing the finger at everyone but herself. Perhaps her reasons are justifiable. But it also suggests that her and her party’s serious shortcomings were unimportant.

Given the book’s “What Happened” title and this past, it was clear Clinton would be doing a fair bit of blame-sharing in the book. What wasn’t as clear was how much she would dwell upon Sanders’ shockingly competitive challenge to her in the Democratic primary.

 

“Because we agreed on so much, Bernie couldn’t make an argument against me in this area on policy, so he had to resort to innuendo and impugning my character,” she said.

Clinton is not-so-gently questioning that entire conceit, saying Sanders’ reasons for causing that upheaval weren’t justified. She’s suggesting his campaign was about political expediency and getting elected and doubts there was truly much difference between them.

For a candidate and a base of supporters who were adamant about their cause and those differences, that’s going to sting. And linger. It’s the equivalent of throwing gasoline on the embers that remain from the 2016 primary.

(c) 2017, The Washington Post · Aaron Blake

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15 COMMENTS

  1. Clinton could blame everyone for her loss but the fact is she has no one to blame but herself. She is crooked, conniving, deceitful, dishonest and every second word out of her mouth is a lie. I’m glad she lost so badly. Good Riddance. If she committed suicide, no one would miss her and Bill would be the happiest bachelor around.

  2. Everyone is to blame except for the criminal evil witch herself. Remember when she even blamed FBI Director James Comey (the one who exonerated her even before interviewing her) for her loss?

    Hillary, had the DNC not rigged the Democratic Primary election against Bernie Sanders so that you can win the the nomination, you would not have cried now because Bernie would have won and it would have been all over before the primaries. But because you cheated then and assumed you can do the same with Trump with fake polls and fake media and frauds, G-d made it so that your sorrow shall continue forever. Amen!

  3. Clinton attacks some of Sanders’s supporters … and suggests the Vermont senator doesn’t have the Democratic Party’s true interests at heart.

    No fan of H. Clinton but she is probably right on that point

  4. Oey vey nebach. She is definitely the biggest victim of all time. She has had such a difficult hard life. Boohoo. Poor baby

  5. 1. Primaries are exactly that. More than one candidate announces his goal to be elected, and does whatever it takes to be nominated.
    2. The DNC pulled the rug from under Sanders, to hand the nomination to Hillary, even though Bernie was favored by the numbers, for whatever reason.
    3. Therefore, Hillary should have never even been the Democratic candidate, to begin with.

  6. There is one man I know will not see Gehenom (hell). That’s bill Clinton. Our sages tell us one who has an evil wife will not see face of hell. Evil Hillary is gehinom on this world. Cheer up bill.

  7. I saved the wideo from de hilary hedquarters on de nite dat she lost badly de election. I vatch it ven I vant to laff and laff and laff ven I see all dos stupid hilary suporters crying like babies and dat podesta schvantz tells dem to stop crying and go home. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha……..Im still laffing it craks me up. Even Bernie the commie laffing his head off….Look the picture.

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