This week, Hillary Clinton released her new book, “What Happened.” The book chronicles her experiences in the historic 2016 presidential election that resulted in her stunning loss at the hands of Donald Trump. Clinton heaped plenty of blame on people in this book, including FBI director James Comey, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, and Republican competitor himself, Donald Trump. However, perhaps most surprisingly, she was especially critical of her liberal challengers, both Bernie Sanders and Green Party candidate Jill Stein.
About Bernie Sanders, who mounted a surprisingly successful primary challenge, Clinton writes, “Nonetheless, his attacks caused lasting damage, making it harder to unify progressives in the general election and paving the way for Trump’s ‘Crooked Hillary’ campaign. I don’t know if that bothered Bernie or not. He certainly shared my horror at the thought of Donald Trump becoming President, and I appreciated that he campaigned for me in the general election. But he isn’t a Democrat—that’s not a smear, that’s what he says. He didn’t get into the race to make sure a Democrat won the White House, he got in to disrupt the Democratic Party.”
About Jill Stein, she writes, “A small but still significant number of left-wing voters may well have thrown the election to Trump. Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate, called me and my policies ‘much scarier than Donald Trump’ and praised his pro-Russia stance. This isn’t surprising, considering that Stein sat with Putin and Michael Flynn at the infamous Moscow dinner in 2015 celebrating the Kremlin’s propaganda network RT, and later said she and Putin agreed ‘on many issues’… “in each state, there were more than enough Stein voters to swing the result, just like Ralph Nader did in Florida and New Hampshire in 2000. Maybe, like actress Susan Sarandon, Stein thinks electing Trump will hasten ‘the revolution.’ Who knows?”
Stein and Sanders were Clinton’s primary liberal challengers, forcing her to take left-wing positions even as she tried to appeal to moderates.