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Ex-Sanders spox unloads on Hillary team, calls them ‘total ingrates’ over claim ‘King Bernie’ demanded private jets

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There’s trouble in progressive paradise, as seen this week when Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign spokesman called Team Hillary the “biggest a–holes in American politics.”

Michael Briggs was reacting to former members of Clinton’s campaign dissing on Sanders by leaking that he demanded private jets to attend campaign events on her behalf, and Biggs didn’t mince words, telling Politico that Clinton and her staff are “total ingrates.”

“You can see why she’s one of the most disliked politicians in America,” Briggs said, speaking of Clinton. “She’s not nice. Her people are not nice. [Sanders] busted his tail to fly all over the country to talk about why it made sense to elect Hillary Clinton and the thanks that [we] get is this kind of petty stupid sniping a couple years after the fact.”

“It doesn’t make me feel good to feel this way but they’re some of the biggest a–holes in American politics,” he added.

Why not tell us how you really feel?

Politic reported that while Sanders is targeting the fossil fuel industry for criticism in his current run, his use of fossil fuel-guzzling private jets in 2016 was “a running joke” among Clinton staffers.

Environmental justice and climate change are central issues in his campaign.

Sanders billed the Clinton campaign at least $100,000 for flights that were usually on a Gulfstream plane, according to Politico.

Briggs said it was only for Sanders to attend campaign events he otherwise would have had to skip.

Sanders spokeswoman Arianna Jones told Politico that Sanders aggressive efforts to campaign for Clinton set the model for future elections — Sanders attended 39 rallies in 13 states leading up to the election, she said.

“That’s why chartered flights were used: to make sure Sen. Sanders could get to as many locations as quickly as possible in the effort to help the Democratic ticket defeat Donald Trump,” Jones said. “Sen. Sanders campaigned so aggressively for Secretary Clinton, at such a grueling pace, it became a story unto itself, setting the model for how a former opponent can support a nominee in a general election.”

But it’s clear the bad blood runs deep between the two camps, and that Team Hillary has still not gotten over losing the 2016 election.

Politico said hard feelings remain to this day after a contentious primary, noting that some in the party believe Sanders played a role in Clinton’s ultimate defeat because of his pointed criticism of her and his refusal to concede sooner when it was clear that he had little mathematical chance of winning.

And some of these folks are “eager” to highlight Sanders’ alleged hypocrisy now that he’s seen as a front-runner in the ever-growing 2020 Democratic field.

“I’m not shocked that while thousands of volunteers braved the heat and cold to knock on doors until their fingers bled in a desperate effort to stop Donald Trump, his Royal Majesty King Bernie Sanders would only deign to leave his plush DC office or his brand new second home on the lake if he was flown around on a cushy private jet like a billionaire master of the universe,” Zac Petkanas, director of rapid response for the Clinton campaign, told Politico.

Oh, 2020 is going to be good.

Tom Tillison

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