Then-President Barack Obama said during the 2016 election campaign that Donald Trump was a “fascist,” according to Hillary Clinton’s running mate.
Sen. Tim Kaine was caught privately sharing the remark with Clinton in footage included in a new Hulu documentary about her, which NBC News previewed.
“President Obama called me last night and said, ‘Tim, remember, this is no time to be a purist. You’ve got to keep a fascist out of the White House,” Kaine told Clinton.
Kaine, laughing, added that Obama “knows me and knows that I could tend to err.”
“I echo that sentiment,” Clinton responded, nodding.
“But that’s really — the weight of our responsibility is so huge,” she said, putting her hands to her chest.
Clinton appeared Saturday at the premiere of “Hillary” at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The four-part series will be available on Hulu on March 6.
In another headline-making moment from the documentary, Clinton said of Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont Independent who ran against her in the 2016 primary and is a frontrunner in the 2020 Democratic primary, “Nobody likes him.”
“He was in Congress for years. He had one senator support him,” she said. “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,” she went on.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published Tuesday, Clinton refused to commit to supporting Sanders if he won the Democratic nomination.
Amid blowback, though, Clinton on Tuesday night said she would support Sanders against Trump in November.
“I thought everyone wanted my authentic, unvarnished views!’ Clinton tweeted. “But, to be serious, the number one priority for our country and world is retiring Trump, and, as I always have, I will do whatever I can to support our nominee.”