President Trump responded to criticism former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton made of current-Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, saying it was her—not him—that “nobody likes.”
During a leaked segment from an upcoming four-part documentary, Hillary Clinton said she would not endorse Sanders because “nobody likes him.”
“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 said, as the Hollywood Reporter reported on Tuesday.
President Trump responded to these comments during a Fox Business interview when he was asked by host Maria Bartiromo whether Democrats were again rigging the primary election.
“Are they colluding against Bernie again?” she asked the president.
“Well, they are,” Trump answered. “They are really trying to take it [the primary] away from him again.”
“When Hillary says nobody likes him, nobody likes her, that’s why she lost,” he exclaimed. “Nobody liked her. She had every advantage. She had this big machine behind her, she had Obama, she had everybody behind her and it [the election] wasn’t even close.”
“306 to 223 [electoral votes], she’s the one people don’t like,” Trump continued. “If I had my choice, in terms of personality, I might choose him over her, though I would probably take neither.”
“Biden’s going to be interesting because he can’t string together a sentence. If he makes it, he seems to have a little bit of an edge right now but it’s rapidly disappearing. Bernie is surging, there’s no question about it. And Bernie seems to be the one the party wants,” the president claimed.
"When Hillary says nobody likes him, nobody likes her, that’s why she lost."@realDonaldTrump defends @BernieSanders and tells @MariaBartiromo that the Democrats are rigging the primary against him. pic.twitter.com/EBBlsGmP70
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) January 22, 2020
The president echoed these same sentiments on Twitter, saying: “They are taking the nomination away from Bernie for a second time.”
“Rigged!” he added.
They are taking the nomination away from Bernie for a second time. Rigged!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2020
During Clinton’s remarks, she also addressed Sanders’ campaign and said it was leading to “relentless attacks on lots of his competitors, particularly the women.”
She then denied a question on endorsing him.
“I’m not going to go there yet. We’re still in a very vigorous primary season,” Clinton answered. “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.”
Clinton said “it should be worrisome” that, as a political figure and presidential candidate, Sanders has “not only permitted” his staff from attacking other candidates, but “seems to really be very much supporting it.”
“I don’t think we want to go down that road again where you campaign by insult and attack and maybe you try to get some distance from it, but 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 continued per Politico. “I think that that’s a pattern that people should take into account when they make their decisions.”