Tad Devine, senior adviser to Bernie Sanders, blasted Hillary Clinton’s campaign arguing that “the left hand doesn’t seem to know what the right hand is doing.”
Appearing on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on Wednesday, Devine called on the Clinton campaign to “tone it down.”
Mitchell asked Devine if there “will there be any toning down of the rhetoric in acknowledgment of [Clinton’s] fairly commanding lead?”
“Well Andrea, I hope they tone it down and judging by Jen [Palmieri, Clinton’s Communications director] did last night, I don’t know,” Devine said before being interrupted.
Mitchell interjected, arguing that she meant that “toning down of the Sanders [campaign] rhetoric.”
“Listen. I mean, a lot of this is in response to the incoming. You know, they just launched a gun ad on us in Connecticut and Rhode Island,” Devine said. Arguing that “the left hand doesn’t seem to know what the right hand is doing at the Clinton campaign. If they’re going to attack us, we’re going to have to respond. I hope we can have a debate on the issues. Bernie would prefer that and I think Democrats would as well.”
In the aftermath of the New York primary, Palmieri said that Sanders was being “destructive.”
“He needs to decide, and as she closes out the Democratic primary, if he’s going to continue on the destructive path that he started down in the New York primary, where he is making personal character attacks on her that mimic the attacks that Republicans make and aid Republicans, or if he is going to end this primary the way that he promised, to run the kind of campaign he said he would that is focused on issues,” Palmieri said.