Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib hit back at former 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton over comments she reportedly made in a forthcoming documentary, when she said “nobody likes” Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Speaking as a Sanders presidential campaign surrogate during a Friday panel discussion in Iowa, Tlaib booed the secretary of state as the audience erupted.
Event moderator Dionna Langford tried to temper the reaction of the crowd when she mentioned Clinton’s comments, saying “We’re not gonna boo, we’re not gonna boo. We’re classy here.”
“No, no. I’ll boo. Boo,” Tlaib chimed in. “You all know, I can’t be quiet. No, we’re gonna boo. That’s alright. The haters will shut up on Monday when we win.”
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Tlaib issued a statement Saturday morning, acknowledging she let her frustration “get the best” of her.
“I am so incredibly in love with the movement that our campaign of #NotMeUs has created. This makes me protective over it and frustrated by attempts to dismiss the strength and diversity of our movement,” Tlaib said. “However, I know what is at stake if we don’t unify over one candidate to beat Trump and I intend to do everything possible to ensure that Trump does not win in 2020.”
She continued, saying, “I will continue to strive to come from a place of love and not react in the same way of those who are against what we are building in this country.”
In the documentary, a four-part series on Hulu titled “Hillary,” Clinton reportedly said that Sanders “just drove me crazy.”
“He was in Congress for years. He had one senator support him. Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done,” Clinton said.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published in January, Clinton also criticized the Sanders campaign for the “culture” of “online Bernie Bros and their relentless attacks on lots of his competitors, particularly the women.”
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Though Clinton said she would do what she could to defeat President Donald Trump, she stopped just short of saying she’d endorse Sanders and campaign for him should he win the nomination. She defeated Sanders in the 2016 primary, after which he endorsed her candidacy.
Tlaib was joined onstage Friday by Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., who have also endorsed Sanders for president.
Tlaib’s comments come just days before Iowans will caucus for the Democratic nomination on Monday. Sanders tightly leads polling in that state, followed closely by former Vice President Joe Biden.
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