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It’s no great secret that Hillary Clinton heavily relies on the aid of her husband and former president of the United States Bill Clinton when it comes to her campaign, as Bill is still a somewhat influential figure in the world of politics (perhaps even more than Hillary). However, to preserve her apparent independence from her husband’s career, his involvement has been held in reserve. Until now, that is.
As we know, Hillary Clinton came out as the “victor” of the Iowa caucuses last week. Now, it appears Clinton is trying to strike while the iron is hot and seize momentum away from Bernie Sanders, so she’s bringing out her secret weapon. Bill Clinton has been unusually quiet in the past weeks, even after Donald Trump dared to call him an “abuser.” Well, he’s definitely decided to end his silence now and who better to be on the receiving end of his wrath than Sanders himself. According to sources, he accused the senator of being hypocritical and even called some of his followers sexist.
Clinton’s criticism was apparently best received when he targeted the young supporters of Bernie Sanders, who are derogatorily named the “Bernie Bros,” although Clinton was smart enough not to use the term himself. He did, however, offer up a hefty load of criticism as he accused the young people of extremely sexist behavior online. He claims that the folks who took to the Internet to defend Hillary have since been under vicious trolling attacks, which have always included profanity.
As for Bernie Sanders himself, Clinton accused the senator of “selling pipe dreams” to his supporters, which is more or less Hillary’s opinion, However, it looks like her husband had a bit more courage to express his thoughts in such a manner. The former president spoke about a few proposals that, according to him, weren’t adequately explained by Sanders. He claimed that Sanders’ single-payer health care plan is no good for New Hampshire or for all of America for that matter. Clinton further proceeded to bash Sanders about taking money from wealthy donors, despite him constantly criticising Wall Street. Sanders was also accused of abusing a data breach at the Democratic National Committee.
This is when the nitpicking really started. The former president accused Sanders of voting for the Commodity Futures Modernization Act back in 2000, an act which is responsible for deregulating Wall Street. Carefully choosing his next words in order to belittle Sanders as much as possible, Clinton ironically called senator Sanders a “champion of all things small, an enemy of all things big.” Of course, it was Clinton who signed that bill into law, but that’s a story for another day.
Sanders was quick to retaliate, criticizing Clinton’s rhetoric, which was later described by the New York Times as an escalation. Sanders’ campaign manager Jeff Weavers shared his thoughts on the former president’s accusations. In his own words:
“It’s unfortunate that President Clinton is choosing to engage in the kind of negative attacks that he is on the eve of the New Hampshire primary. Clearly this is a sign that the Clinton campaign is very concerned about the state of the race and the fact that recent national polls have shown that this is really a race that is down to one or two percentage points difference.”
Although the national poll showing the race between Clinton and Sanders has been heavily subjected to skepticism, Clinton’s victory in Iowa, New Hampshire promises to raise the stakes just as much. With Sanders currently in the lead, it’s more obvious than ever that Clinton needs this victory. A win in New Hampshire would not only give the former first lady a further advantage with her campaign, but also some greatly desired prestige.
If Clinton loses, however, she’ll really have her work cut out for her for the rest of the campaign. This is because Nevada and South Carolina are next and these are states where the majority of Clinton’s support will come from minority voters. This might be an issue as well, as Bill Clinton’s perceived racism only harmed his wife’s attempts to score a victory in New Carolina during her 2008 candidacy. This was back when he openly berated Obama’s campaign, pointing out that he, while he was a senator, voted against continuing the war in Iraq, but later chose to fund it.
All in all, if we’re to learn from past experiences, it doesn’t look like Bill’s speech against Sanders will do a lot for his wife’s campaign in the long run.