Hillary Clinton, who is promoting a new book recounting her failure in the 2016 presidential election, responded to criticism from supporters of her key primary challenger Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, by pointing out she beat the Vermont Senator by a “landslide” in the Democratic primary.
During an interview with NPR on Tuesday, Clinton was asked to respond to the allegation that she ran in 2016 as a candidate who believed it was her turn to be President.
“Well, I just totally reject that. As you probably would have expected me to say,” Clinton said.
“I find this criticism from Sanders supporters to be so off base. He’s not even a Democrat.”
Clinton said she was not trying to “slam” Sanders.
“I’ve been working on behalf of Democrats, to be elected, to be re-elected, for decades. And so yes, I was familiar to broad parts of the electorate, and I’m proud of that,” she said during the interview.
“And I did well across the country. I won by four million votes. That’s a landslide. I won, really, by March and April.”
Clinton added that even after she had locked up the nomination, the Sanders campaign kept launching attacks against her.
“He and his followers’ attacks on me kept getting more and more personal, despite him asking me not to attack him personally,” she said.
“And, you know, I really regret that. But now he’s got a chance to prove that he’s something other than a spoiler. And that is to help other Democrats. And I don’t know if he will or not, but I’m hoping he will.”