Hillary Clinton Candidly Criticizes Bernie Sanders In New Documentary

In an interview promoting her new Hulu documentary, Clinton declined to say whether she would endorse the senator if he were to become the 2020 nominee.

Hillary Clinton gives an unvarnished view of her 2016 Democratic presidential primary opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in a Hulu documentary airing in March, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“He was in Congress for years,” she says of Sanders in the documentary, per an interview with THR published Tuesday. “He had one senator support him. Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done. He was a career politician. It’s all just baloney and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it.”

The documentary is set to premiere this weekend at the Sundance Film Festival, before streaming on Hulu starting March 6.

When THR asked Clinton whether her criticism still stands, Clinton said, “Yes, it does.”

Sanders, now one of the 2020 Democratic presidential front-runners, on Tuesday declined to directly respond to Clinton’s remarks.

“My focus today is on a monumental moment in American history: the impeachment trial of Donald Trump,” he said in a statement. “Together, we are going to go forward and defeat the most dangerous president in American history.”

In the interview, Clinton declined to say whether she would endorse and campaign for Sanders if he were to become the nominee. Instead, she went on to criticize “the culture around him,” including the sexist verbal attacks that his supporters, often referred to as “Bernie Bros,” have launched on social media in the past. Sanders condemned their comments at the time.

She also took aim at Sanders allegedly telling Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) during a 2018 meeting that he didn’t believe a woman could defeat President Donald Trump in 2020. Sanders has denied the exchange ever happened.

“Well, number one, I think [that sentiment] is untrue, which we should all say loudly. I mean, I did get more votes both in the primary, by about 4 million, and in the general election, by about 3 million,” Clinton said, calling the alleged comments “a very personal attack on [Warren].”

Clinton and Sanders campaigning together at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire, on Sept. 28, 2016.
Clinton and Sanders campaigning together at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire, on Sept. 28, 2016.
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The four-hour documentary series directed by Oscar nominee Nanette Burstein, which Clinton described as telling a “larger story about women,” reportedly makes gender in politics a central focus. Clinton told THR she believes media coverage of the 2020 race has been “reverting back to stereotypes, and many of those are highly genderized.”

She revealed that she has spoken to most of the 2020 contenders, including two of the remaining women in the race: Warren and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).

“I always say [to the female candidates], ‘Look, you can run the best campaign, but you’re going to have to be even better than your best campaign to overcome some of the unfairness that will be directed at you as a woman,’” Clinton said.

Clinton — who struggled with how pointedly she should have attacked Trump in 2016, given the double standard often applied to women when they publicly express anger — said that bind still exists for the women in the 2020 race.

“It’s hard still. Very hard,” Clinton said, though she praised Warren’s retort to Sanders at the Democratic presidential debate earlier this month, when Warren said, “The only people on this stage who have won every one of their races are Amy and me.”

“I thought that was clever. Some people loved it, some hated it,” Clinton said.

“It’s really hard ever to score 100 when you’re trying to navigate gender expectations and barriers,” she added. “Sometimes you really do want to let loose, and then you think, ‘Oh, great, they’ll say I can’t take it, so I’m getting angry.’ Or they’ll say that I’m mad, and that that’s not a very attractive look. So, it’s a constant evaluation about, how can I best convey who I am, what I believe, what I stand for and what I’m willing to fight for?”

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