Speaking to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer this week, Hillary Clinton sought to paint her opponent Bernie Sanders as part of the establishment and she has a valid point. Bernie has served in congress for years which makes him part of the establishment.
Hillary Clinton on the other hand is not just part of the establishment, she is the walking embodiment of it.
Here’s how the conversation went, via CNN:
Hillary Clinton pins ‘establishment’ label on Bernie Sanders
Hillary Clinton on Thursday sought to turn Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “establishment” attack right back on him — saying he served in Washington much longer than she did.
She also attacked his experience and fitness to lead the country, criticizing his suggestion that the U.S. should warm its relationship with Iran.
The Democratic front-runner told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room” that Sanders’ charge that Planned Parenthood and the Human Rights Campaign support Clinton because they are all part of the establishment didn’t make sense to her.
“I just don’t understand what that means. He’s been in Congress, he’s been elected to office a lot longer than I have,” Clinton said.
She noted she only served in the Senate for eight years.
“He’s been in the Congress for 25. And so I’ll let your viewers make their own judgment,” Clinton said.
Here’s a video of the exchange:
As you can probably imagine, some progressive Bernie fans have taken issue with Hillary’s claim.
From The Inquisitr:
Hillary Clinton Bashing Bernie Sanders For His ‘Establishment’ Argument Reeks Of Selective Memory
Although Clinton’s assessment might be accurate in some ways, considering Sanders’ stances on gun control in the past, for example, it is worth noting here that Hillary Clinton focused solely on elected office when making her point. Which, by all accounts, makes her point rather tepid. Clinton has served as the first lady with President Bill Clinton for eight years in the ’90s, meaning she would be much more familiar with the machinations that drive the functioning of the White House than Bernie Sanders would.
Moreover, Clinton also served as Secretary of State in President Barack Obama’s administration for his first four years in office, which sort of enforces the Vermont senator’s opinion that Hillary Clinton is much more part of the establishment than he perhaps ever would.
Clinton’s selective argument of only talking about time served in the Senate does not do her any favors, in part because that is exactly the kind of thing Bernie Sanders has warned his voters not to fall prey to.
This certainly is an entertaining election, so far.
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