With Sen. Bernie Sanders surging in the Democratic presidential primary, as seen in a strong showing in Iowa, despite a disastrous DNC performance on reporting results, Hillary Clinton continues her campaign of destruction against the socialist senator from Vermont.
In an interview Thursday with Ellen Degeneres, the failed 2016 Democratic nominee was asked about “heat” she was getting for recent criticisms of Sanders.
“I feel like I have a pretty clear perspective about what it will take to win,” Clinton replied.
The irony dripping from the assertion, given that she lost her initial 2008 primary run to Barack Obama, who was a little known senator from Illinois at the time, and won in 2016, according to many critics, only because the DNC had its fat thumb on the scale, rigging the process against Sanders.
But that didn’t prevent Clinton from taking a shot at Sanders for over-promising.
“You’ve got to be responsible for what you say and what you say you’re going to do,” she added. “We need to rebuild trust in our fellow Americans, and in our institutions. And if you promise the moon and you can’t deliver the moon, then that is going to be one more indicator of how we just can’t trust each other.”
“So it’s not good theater, it’s not maybe good politics anymore,” Clinton said. “But I think that you should tell people what you mean, mean what you say, and have some sense of responsibility for how you would get anything done that you talk about.”
Using healthcare as an example, Clinton took a shot at Trump, claiming that he wants to take away coverage for pre-existing conditions, citing legal actions seeking to strike down the Affordable Care Act.
Degeneres didn’t bother to note that the president said Tuesday during the State of the Union, “I’ve also made an ironclad pledge to American families: We will always protect patients with pre-existing conditions.”
“Let’s remember if we don’t win, people will lose what they have right now,” Clinton said, suggesting Sanders cannot beat Trump. “So I just want everybody to understand how high the stakes are, and to hold every candidate and every public office holder accountable for what they do or they don’t do.”
Degeneres asked Clinton at the end of the interview about the possibility of being a vice-presidential candidate for the eventual nominee, and she was quick to dismiss the idea, though she did not rule it out completely.
“I never say never because I believe in serving my country, but it’s never going to happen,” Clinton said.
When the Hulu docuseries “Hillary” premiered last month, Clinton did not mince her words when it comes to Sanders, who she called a “career politician.”
“Honestly, Bernie just drove me crazy,” she said in the docuseries’ second episode. “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 did not work until he was like 41, and then he got elected to something. It was all just baloney and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it,” Clinton added.
As for the 2016 primary, Clinton blamed Bernie and his campaign for her loss to now-President Trump in 2016 during a recent podcast interview.
“There was no question about who was going to be the nominee,” Clinton said. “But unfortunately, his campaign and his principal supporters were just very difficult and really, constantly not just attacking me, but my supporters.”
“All the way up until the end, a lot of people highly identified with his campaign were urging people to vote third party, urging people not to vote,” she would add. “It had an impact.”
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