Twice failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton renewed her feud with 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in a podcast which aired on Friday, saying he did not do enough to unite the Democrat Party after his loss in the 2016 primary process.
As the Star Tribune reports, Clinton was asked by Emily Tisch Sussman from the “Your Primary Playlist” podcast about what Sanders could do this year, to bring various sects of the Democrat Party together—especially after the rigorous primary process.
“Well, he can do it, for one,” she quickly answered.
“That’s not our experience from 2016,” Clinton quickly tacked on per the report.
“All the way up until the end, a lot of people highly identified with (Sanders’) campaign, were urging people to vote third party, urging people not to vote — it had an impact,” she continued.
“I’ll be happy to see the primaries start rolling around because that’s a much easier way for people to participate and for the outcomes to be much clearer,” she added.
From Star Tribune:
In Friday’s podcast, Clinton contrasted the conversations she had with Barack Obama in 2008 about unifying the party after he became the nominee with the conversations she had with Sanders in 2016 after it became clear she would come out on top. They were “like night and day,” she said.
Although there was “no question” about her nomination, she said, Sanders’ “campaign and his principal supporters were just very difficult and really constantly not just attacking me but my supporters.”
At the Democratic National Convention, she said, Sanders’ supporters were “booing Michelle Obama, John Lewis. It was very distressing and such a contrast between what we did to unite in ’08.”
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The latest back and forth comes after last week, when Clinton raised doubts about whether she would endorse Sanders if he wins the 2020 Democratic nomination to face Trump. Clinton told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview that she’s “not going to go there yet,” but later took to Twitter to say her priority was to defeat Trump, “and, as I always have, I will do whatever I can to support our nominee.”
The Sanders campaign didn’t immediately respond Friday to requests for a reaction about Clinton’s comments. Last week, Sanders refused to comment on Clinton’s critical remarks, saying only in a statement, “Together, we are going to go forward and defeat the most dangerous president in American history.”