Twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday that she will ultimately do whatever she can to support the Democrat nominee despite trashing Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and proclaiming that “nobody likes him.”
Clinton made headlines on Tuesday after remarks from an upcoming documentary of her life came out — remarks that targeted top Democrat contender 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,” Clinton said in the Hulu documentary. “He was a career politician. It’s all just baloney, and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it.”
Shortly after the backlash on social media, Clinton clarified that she will do whatever she can to support the Democrat nominee.
“I thought everyone wanted my authentic, unvarnished views!” she wrote on Twitter.
“But to be serious, the number one priority for our country and world is retiring Trump, and, as I always have, I will do whatever I can to support our nominee,” she added:
I thought everyone wanted my authentic, unvarnished views!
But to be serious, the number one priority for our country and world is retiring Trump, and, as I always have, I will do whatever I can to support our nominee.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 22, 2020
A number of Democrats were disillusioned by Clinton’s original remarks.
“It’s time to grow up. This isn’t high school,” Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) said in an interview with WMUR News 9 on Tuesday.
“We’re talking about real challenges that our country needs to address and the need for real leadership to focus on them, not on what’s going on in Washington and the schoolyard cliques or whatever else it may be,” she added:
— Adam Sexton (@AdamSextonWMUR) January 21, 2020
I like Bernie. #ILikeBernie
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) January 21, 2020
Andrew Yang (D) was not thrilled by Clinton’s remark either, telling CBS News, “For her to come back and, you know, say that nobody likes Bernie does not seem like a very helpful message”:
"For her to come back and you know say that nobody likes Bernie does not seem like a very helpful message," @AndrewYang said tonight re: Clinton's comments about Sanders earlier today. pic.twitter.com/jWbCv17SmX
— Adam Brewster (@adam_brew) January 22, 2020
Others expressed their support of Sanders on social media:
I like @BernieSanders, pass it on!
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 21, 2020
#ILikeBernie because he has started a movement of regular everyday people standing up to say our government should work for all of us, it should be comprised of all of us, it should be for all of us.
— Albert Lee For Congress 🌹 (@AlbertLee2020) January 22, 2020
It’s ironic that the woman who was unfairly labeled “unlikable” is now rating others’ “likability.”#ILikeBernie because he changed what is possible in American politics & inspired me to run for Governor to fight for a NY for all, not just the wealthy few.
— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) January 22, 2020
In the final days before #IowaCaucus, a lot of anti-Bernie mud is gonna fly. We can’t let the haters & detractors take us off our game. We have too good a story to tell about who Bernie is, what he values, stands for, & will do once we elect him. We can win this. #ILikeBernie pic.twitter.com/zmC8SHbVfM
— James J. Zogby (@jjz1600) January 22, 2020
— Nina Turner (@ninaturner) January 22, 2020
Sanders refrained from defending himself from Clinton’s attacks, joking it off by adding, “On a good day, my wife likes me, so let’s clear the air on that one”:
I also asked Sanders why he thinks Clinton is still talking about 2016. “That’s a good question. You should ask her,” he said.
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) January 21, 2020
He also suggested that he was too focused on the impeachment trial to respond.
“My focus today is on a monumental moment in American history: the impeachment trial of Donald Trump,” Sanders said in a statement, Politico’s Holly Otterbein reported.
“Together, we are going to go forward and defeat the most dangerous president in American history,” he added.