Sen. Bernie Sanders dismissed Hillary Clinton’s criticism that he and his supporters didn’t afford her the same respect in the 2016 campaign that she gave then-Sen. Barack Obama after losing the 2008 Democratic presidential primary.
Speaking on “The View” this week, the former secretary of state reiterated the argument she makes in her new book “What Happened,” claiming that Sanders didn’t adequately convince his most ardent followers to support her campaign.
“I was arguing with my supporters at the Denver convention in 2008 about why they had to quit complaining that I didn’t win and get out and support Barack Obama,” Clinton said. “And I didn’t get that respect from him and his supporters.”
In an interview with “Meet The Press” on Sunday, Sanders responded to Clinton’s criticism, arguing that he canvassed for her throughout the US.
“I worked as hard as I could after endorsing Hillary Clinton — I went all over this country,” Sanders said.
The Vermont senator pointed out that a number of Clinton’s 2008 supporters backed then-Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain over Obama.
“People say ‘Well, not everybody who voted for Bernie ended up voting for Hillary,'” Sanders said. “No kidding. That’s what happens in politics.”
The release of Clinton’s book last week has reignited many 2016 Democratic primary debate topics.
The former secretary of state dedicates several parts of the book to critiquing Sanders’ political message, saying his attacks on her caused “lasting damage” to her campaign by giving Donald Trump rhetorical ammunition, and comparing his platform to a scene in the 1990s romantic comedy “Something About Mary.“
For his part, the Vermont senator has repeatedly said Democrats should stop reliving the 2016 primary.
“Let’s not keep arguing about 2016,” Sanders said during an interview earlier this month. “Let’s get together, take on Trump’s desire to divide us up. Let’s go forward with a progressive agenda.”
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