Two weeks ago we catalogued all the ways the battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders was getting heated. Since then, there’s been more than a few sparks flying between the two. Here are top 5 nastiest moments that have gone down recently:
1. Sanders slammed Clinton on whether she had the judgment necessary to be president
Sanders whacked Clinton, suggesting her track record is one that doesn’t stand up to scrutiny:
“A candidate who receives an enormous amount of money from special interests, a candidate who voted for the war in Iraq, a candidate who voted for virtually every disastrous trade policy which has cost us millions of jobs, well you know what? Maybe her judgment is not quite as high as it should be.”
2. The Clinton camp profanely trashed Sanders on the record
On the night of Clinton’s primary win, a senior Clinton staffer gloated in profane terms about how badly Sanders lost:
“We kicked his a-- tonight,” a senior Clinton aide told me Tuesday night. “I hope this convinces Bernie to tone it down. If not, f--- him.”
3. Sanders resoundingly mocked Clinton for refusing to release the transcripts of paid speeches she gave to Wall Street executives:
“Now, I kind of think if you’re going to get $225,000 for a speech, it must be a brilliant, insightful, world-shattering speech, don’t you think?” Mr. Sanders said.
“It must be a speech that would probably solve all of the crises facing our planet and then some. And it was probably written in Shakespearean prose.
“And I think a speech of that extraordinary magnitude should be shared with the American people.”
So do we!
4. Both candidates are accusing the other of playing politics with victims of gun violence
Clinton had this tweet accusing Sanders of prioritizing gun manufacturers over Sandy Hook victims:
Last Thursday, Jane Sanders, Bernie’s wife, called out Hillary for trying to score political points off of families of gun victims and also accused her of a flip-flop:
"When she ran for the presidency against Barack Obama, she was very anti-gun control in 2008…And now that she's running against Bernie, she's back to for gun control."
5. Sanders trashed Clinton on his way to saying it was her job to convince his supporters to support her:
“It is incumbent upon her to tell millions of people who right now do not believe in establishment politics or establishment economics, who have serious misgivings about a candidate who has received millions of dollars from Wall Street and other special interests.”
With Sanders already vowing to fight “all the way to Philadelphia” – site of the 2016 Democrat National Convention – his supporters may be emboldened to refuse to support Clinton in the fall.
But ultimately the biggest losers in this fight are the American people. No matter who Democrats nominate, their standard-bearer will be running on a platform that’s even further to the left of the failed policies that President Obama has supported over the last eight years.
The only way to bring back prosperity and security for America is to defeat the Democrats and elect a Republican president in November.
Elections Election 2016