Democratic frontrunners get into heated exchange after Vermont senator takes a shot at Clinton’s supporters
Hillary Clinton is coming out swinging at Bernie Sanders over comments he made about her supporters.
On Tuesday, Sanders responded to a question by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow about recent Clinton endorsements by Planned Parenthood and Human Rights Campaign, saying, “What we are doing in this campaign — and it just blows my mind every day, because I see it clearly — we’re taking on not only Wall Street and the economic establishment, we’re taking on the political establishment.”
Sanders went on to say, “I have friends and supporters in the Human Rights Fund, in Planned Parenthood. But you know what, Hillary Clinton has been around there for a very, very long time and some of these groups are, in fact, part of the establishment.”
That didn’t sit well with Clinton who took to Twitter soon after the interview to blast the Vermont senator for insinuating that Planned Parenthood and HRC are part of the establishment.
“Really Senator Sanders?” Clinton tweeted, citing the Twitter handles for Planned Parenthood and the Human Rights Campaign. “How can you say that groups like @PPact and @HRC are part of the ‘establishment’ you’re taking on? –H.”
Planned Parenthood and the Human Rights Campaign also chimed in.
“We respect @SenSanders. Disappointed to be called ‘establishment’ as we fight like hell to protect women’s health,” Planned Parenthood wrote.
HRC tweeted, “We share @PPact’s disappointment in Sanders’ attacks. @HRC has proudly taken on the establishment & fought for LGBT people for over 30 years.”
The heated exchange is yet another sign of just how competitive the Democratic primary race has become in recent weeks. Adding fuel to the fire: a new CNN/ORC poll released on Tuesday showing Sanders widening his lead in the crucial early voting state of New Hampshire, where he outpaces Clinton by a stunning 27 percent.
Watch Sanders’ interview with Maddow here.