While most of her criticism of Donald Trump seems to be limited to brief witticisms on her twitter account, Hillary Clinton has more publicly criticized the outsider in the Democrat primary; Bernie Sanders. During a recent interview with Howard Stern in December Hillary revealed that she partially blames Sen. Sanders for her loss because of how long he took to endorse her. “He could have [endorsed me sooner]. He hurt me, there’s no doubt about it.”
To be fair, there are few things that Hillary doesn’t blame for her 2016 loss.
President Donald Trump has repeated the rhetoric that the Democrat establishment is trying to rig the primary against Bernie, for strategic purposes on his part. Trump knows very well (as does any sane Democrat) that out of all the Democrat contenders, Bernie is the one that he would defeat by the largest margin. The election would likely be reminiscent of what we just saw in the U.K. when socialist Jeremy Corbyn was handily defeated by Trump look-a-like Boris Johnson.
Bad blood aside, Hillary Clinton seems to agree too. In a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter the interviewer asked about part of her new Hulu docuseries; In the doc, you’re brutally honest on Sanders: “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. He was a career politician. It’s all just baloney and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it.” That assessment still hold?
Hillary replied “yes, it does.” On the subject of Bernie getting “nothing done,” in the aforementioned Stern interview Hillary agreed that running against Bernie was like running against a fifth grader due to all the freebies he promised that he can’t deliver on. (Ironically she did the same thing to a lesser extent… as is everyone in the Democrat primary).
On if she’d support Bernie if he won the nomination, Hillary replied: I’m not going to go there yet. We’re still in a very vigorous primary season. 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. And I really hope people are paying attention to that because it should be worrisome that he has permitted this culture — not only permitted, [he] seems to really be very much supporting it.
The assessment that Bernie doesn’t get anything done is one that would (luckily) hold if he were to become president. Even with a Democrat majority in both houses he’d have trouble passing much of his pie-in-the-sky legislation as Democrats debate how to raise the money to fund them, and realize the middle class will get slammed. While Bernie likes to pretend that we could fund everything he wants if only we taxed “millionaires and billionaires,” most people would see their taxes more than doubled if we had the kind of Scandinavian style welfare state that Bernie wants.