Hillary Clinton can be seen ranting about her dislike of Bernie Sanders in a Hulu documentary about the former first lady that was released on Friday.
In one clip that has been circulating on social media, Clinton showed little restraint as she described the Vermont senator as ineffective and unliked in Congress.
“Drove me crazy,” she said, her voice rising. “He was in Congress for years, years. He had one senator support him [in his 2016 Democratic presidential bid]. Nobody likes him. Nobody wants to work with him. He got nothing done.”
Clinton went on to deride Sanders, who ran against her in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, as a “career politician” who never held a real job before he was elected mayor of Burlington, Vermont, in 1981.
“He was a career politician. He did not work till he was like 41, and then he got elected to something. It was all just baloney, and I feel so bad that, you know, people got sucked into it,” she said.
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The documentary about Clinton’s life, titled “Hillary,” debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January.
Clinton revealed her lingering bitterness toward Sanders after he mounted an unexpected Democratic primary challenge to her. Many of her backers blame Sanders’ supporters for tarnishing her with vitriolic criticism that helped put Republican Donald Trump in the White House.
Hillary uses Hulu documentary to trash Bernie 2020 campaign
Clinton also weighed in on Sanders’ 2020 presidential bid and his dispute with former rival candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts centering around the electability of women.
According to Clinton, Sanders demonstrated “a pattern” in how his campaign attacked women rivals.
“He was in Congress for years. 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,” Clinton says in the documentary, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Asked recently by the magazine if that assessment still holds, Clinton said, “Yes, it does.”
Sanders said in a statement at the time that “my focus today is on a monumental moment in American history: the impeachment trial of Donald Trump. Together, we are going to go forward and defeat the most dangerous president in American history.”
Clinton did not commit to endorsing and campaigning for Sanders should he win the nomination this year, citing a competitive Democratic field, but she criticized his campaign as having a culture of insult and attack.
“I will say, however, that it’s not only him, it’s the culture around him. It’s his leadership team. It’s his prominent supporters. It’s his online Bernie Bros and their relentless attacks on lots of his competitors, particularly the women,” Clinton told the Hollywood Reporter.
When she was asked about the dispute over whether Sanders told Warren in a private conversation that a woman could not beat Trump, Clinton pointed out that she got 3 million more votes than Trump in the 2016 presidential election.
Clinton called the dispute part of a pattern with Sanders, noting he had attacked her as being unqualified despite her experience, including as secretary of state and a U.S. senator.
She encouraged voters “to elect a president who’s going to try to bring us together, and not either turn a blind eye, or actually reward the kind of insulting, attacking, demeaning, degrading behavior that we’ve seen from this current administration.”
Bill Clinton unloads, too
Bill Clinton also appeared in “Hillary,” along with their daughter, Chelsea Clinton.
In one scene, the former president said he had a sexual affair with his White House intern Monica Lewinsky to “manage” his “anxieties.”
Clinton said the pressure of the presidency was like a “15-round prize fight that was extended to 30 rounds” and he viewed his dalliances with the then 22-year-old Lewinsky as something that could take his “mind off it for a while.”
“Because there, whatever life – not just me. Everybody’s life has pressures and disappointments, terrors, fears of whatever,” the former Arkansas governor said.
“Things I did to manage my anxieties for years. I’m a different, totally different person than I was, a lot of that stuff 20 years ago.”
(Reuters contributed to this report.)