Clinton Says Trump's Crooked Hillary Attack Came From Sanders

Hillary Clinton, in her soon-to-be-released book about the 2016 election, accuses Bernie Sanders of helping Donald Trump win.

According to The Hill, Clinton wrote that the Vermont senator did “lasting damage” to her White House ambitions when he criticized her speaking fees and corporate contributions during the race for the Democratic nomination. She declared that Sanders was “paving the way” for Trump’s “crooked Hillary” allegations.

“Throughout the primaries, every time I wanted to hit back against Bernie’s attacks, I was told to restrain myself,” Clinton wrote in the book, “What Happened.” She continued: “Noting that his plans didn’t add up, that they would inevitably mean raising taxes on middle-class families, or that they were little more than a pipe-dream — all of this could be used to reinforce his argument that I wasn’t a true progressive. My team kept reminding me that we didn’t want to alienate Bernie’s supporters. President Obama urged me to grit my teeth and lay off Bernie as much as I could. I felt like I was in a straitjacket.”

Clinton also ripped Sanders’ fans. “Some of his supporters, the so-called Bernie Bros, took to harassing my supporters online,” she wrote. “It got ugly and more than a little sexist. When I finally challenged Bernie during a debate to name a single time I changed a position or a vote because of a financial contribution, he couldn’t come up with anything. Nonetheless, his attacks caused lasting damage, making it harder to unify progressives in the general election.”

The Hill pointed out that the book is not the first time Clinton has blamed others for her upset loss to Trump. She previously cited the FBI’s investigation of the private email server she used as secretary of state. The bureau’s former director, James Comey, proclaimed last summer that Clinton had been “extremely careless” in handling classified government information. The former first lady also has condemned Russia’s interference in the election. Several U.S. intelligence agencies determined that Kremlin operatives hacked computers used by Democratic National Committee officials and Clinton’s campaign chairman. Russian leader Vladimir Putin also may have been behind some of the “fake news” about Clinton that appeared on social media. Misogyny played a role in the outcome of the election, as well, according to the first woman to capture a major party’s nomination.

The cyberattack on the DNC uncovered emails, which WikiLeaks released, that suggested party officials and the Clinton campaign cooperated in undermining Sanders’ presidential bid. The senator’s supporters claimed that the leaks proved the nomination fight was rigged.

The Hill noted that, in a recent Harvard-Harris poll, Sanders was the most popular politician in the country. Fifty-four percent of respondents said they viewed him favorably, while only 36 percent gave the opposite answer. Clinton’s numbers were 42 percent favorable and 53 percent negative.

Most political pundits do not expect Sanders to run for president again, largely because of his age. He continues to make his mark in the Senate, where he caucuses with Democrats and serves as a leader of Capitol Hill progressives. Sanders has been making speeches across the country on behalf of Democratic congressional candidates in the 2018 mid-term elections.

Source: The Hill
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