Hostility between the Sanders and Clinton camps reached a fever pitch Monday night when the former secretary of state’s appearance on TV prompted supporters of the Vermont senator to chant “She’s a liar!”
When Hillary Clinton first appeared on the TV screens at the Sanders Des Moines campaign headquarters, her words were initially drowned out by loud boos but quickly turned into cheers when the sound unexpectedly cut out, according to Politico.
When the sound returned, Clinton proclaimed victory in the Iowa caucus and described herself as “a progressive who gets things done.”
That prompted further boos, followed by chants that “She’s a liar!”
The chanting continued until the TV was changed to a different channel.
More than one observer questioned the wisdom behind Clinton declaring an early victory, beginning with MSNBC News political correspondent Steve Kornacki:
Clinton camp claiming victory. They’re up slightly now, but I’m seeing at least as many Sanders precincts still out as Clinton.
— Steve Kornacki (@SteveKornacki) February 2, 2016
Wow, I’m not sure I would confidently declare victory were I Hillary Clinton.
— Brennan Price (@BrennanTPrice) February 2, 2016
Mashable politics editor Juana Summers tweeted on the uproar and recounted her observations from the 2008 Democratic campaign.
— Derek Burrows Reise (@DerekReise) February 2, 2016
Politico’s national political reporter Gabriel Debenedetti tweeted:
DES MOINES — Very very rough moment at Sanders rally when “she’s a liar!” chants took over as Clinton spoke https://t.co/lNePyzBGkW
— Gabriel Debenedetti (@gdebenedetti) February 2, 2016
— VoteDog2016 (@VDog2016) February 2, 2016
— David Bowman (@redmond_bowman) February 2, 2016
And they say there’s animosity among the Republican camps…
Here’s a video of the chant.
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