Hillary Clinton Has Some Words For Bernie Sanders In Her New Documentary

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PASADENA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 17: Hillary Clinton of “Hillary” speaks during the Hulu segment of the 2020 Winter TCA Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 17, 2020 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

On the first day of Trump’s senate impeachment, the politics Gods gave to us a re-hashing of the 2016 election (go figure). This throwback arrived in the form of Hulu’s historic docuseries Hillary: a four part series about the life and 2016 presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton. Set to premiere at Sundance and stream on Hulu on 6 March, the documentary series features exclusive interviews with Hillary Clinton as well as her daughter Chelsea, staff, friends, journalists, and her husband, former President Bill Clinton. It also has exclusive behind-the-scenes moments from her 2016 campaign. While the series mainly focuses on Clinton herself, she also speaks candidly about her feelings towards her former opponent and current presidential hopeful, Sen. Bernie Sanders — and she did not hold back.

Ahead of the premiere at Sundance, Clinton gave an exclusive interview to The Hollywood Reporter detailing her feelings in Sanders during the 2016 democratic primary race. “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,” Clinton says. “He was a career politician. It’s all just baloney and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it.” When asked if her assessment of the presidential candidate still holds as we enter the 2020 caucuses, she said it does. 

Overall, she expressed concern about the “culture” around Sanders, including his supporters’ attacks on women candidates. “You either don’t know what your campaign and supporters are doing, or you’re just giving them a wink and you want them to go after Kamala [Harris] or after Elizabeth [Warren],” Clinton told THR, adding, “I think that that’s a pattern that people should take into account when they make their decisions.”

Since last week’s news cycle hashed out the he-said she-said between Sanders and Warren, which included a heated debate moment where Sanders was confronted about saying that a woman could never be elected as president, both Sanders and his campaign staff have unequivocally denied all of it. While Warren maintains that he did say this, even going so far as to confront him after the debate and potentially break their long-time non-aggression pact, the discourse has taken on a life of its own in the last week, particularly for Sanders. Now, Clinton says we must “all say loudly” that the sentiment that a woman can’t be president is untrue.

“I think that both the press and the public have to really hold everybody running accountable for what they say and what their campaign says and does,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “That’s particularly true with what’s going on right now with the Bernie campaign having gone after Elizabeth with a very personal attack on her.” This, Clinton sees as “part of a pattern” for Sanders, subsequent to previous statements on Clinton being “unqualified” to be president.

As the news of Clinton’s take on Sanders comes in the height of the 2020 Democratic race, the internet, in true form, had their own words for both Hillary and Bernie.