Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blamed Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for doing “lasting damage” to her campaign, according to excerpts from her upcoming book.
In new excerpts released Tuesday from “What Happened,” Clinton complains that “Bernie Bros” and Sanders attacking her for making millions of dollars from speeches to massive corporation caused her to lose to the most unpopular presidential candidate in the history of the United States.
“Some of his supporters, the so-called Bernie Bros, took to harassing my supporters online,” Clinton 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,” she added. “Nonetheless, his attacks caused lasting damage, making it harder to unify progressives in the general election and paving the way for Trump’s ‘Crooked Hillary’ campaign.”
— Hillary Warned Us (@HillaryWarnedUs) September 4, 2017
Clinton also complained that President Obama urged her to “lay off Bernie,” so she avoided “hitting back.”
“Throughout the primaries, every time I wanted to hit back against Bernie’s attacks, I was told to restrain myself,” Clinton wrote. “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.”