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Clinton Blames Sanders for 2016 Election Loss
Excerpts from Hillary Clinton’s upcoming memoir reveal that the former Secretary of State partially blames Bernie Sanders for her loss of the 2016 presidential election.
Tom Watson, the founder of the nonprofit consulting firm CauseWired, tweeted a page from an advanced copy of Clinton’s What Happened in which the failed candidate details how Sanders affected her campaign.
— Tom Watson (@tomwatson) September 4, 2017
Clinton expressed that the fact that Sanders and her were ideologically close left him with little choice but to attack her on a personal level. “Because we agreed on so much, Bernie couldn’t make an argument against me in this area on policy, so he had to resort to innuendo and impugning my character,” wrote Clinton, who feels that the hits ended up hurting her fight with Trump.
“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 wrote. “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.”
Noting that Sanders was not even a Democrat — despite the fact that he ran as one — Clinton characterized the Senator from Vermont as out to shake things up for Democrats. According to Clinton, Sanders did not get into the presidential race to make sure that a Democrat won the White House, but “got in to disrupt the Democratic Party.”
Clinton had no problem praising Sanders for motivating young people to get involved in the election, but disagreed with his take on the Democratic Party.
“I am proud to be a Democrat and I wish Bernie were, too,” she wrote.
Speaking to the Boston Herald recently about the Democratic Party’s prospects in the 2018 and 2020 campaigns, Sanders said he felt the party was is “fairly good shape.”