Hillary Clinton launched her most blunt attack yet on Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and his supporters on Wednesday, calling the backers of the democratic socialist “incredibly divisive.”
In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Clinton faulted Sanders for failing “to move quickly to unify the [Democratic] party and his supporters.”
“It was clear that I was going to be the nominee in March and April. It was beyond any doubt in June,” Clinton complained, noting that she endorsed then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama soon after he defeated her in the Democratic primary.
But Sanders did not follow the same path, Clinton claims.
“I didn’t get that same respect and reciprocity from Senator Sanders or from his supporters,” she told Cooper.
“They’re still incredibly divisive, and I’m interested in what he can do to help Democrats. He’s not a Democrat, he makes that clear.”
Sanders campaigned for Clinton last year, as Cooper noted in the interview, but he did not endorse the former secretary of state until July 12, just before the Democratic National Convention.
Sanders and his supporters are among many culprits Clinton blames for her loss to President Trump. She has faulted former FBI Director James Comey, sexism, Russians, and the media for her electoral failure.