Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that retiring President Donald Trump is America’s first priority and as such she is ready to give support to her 2016 rival Bernie Sanders if he wins the Democratic nomination to face Trump in November.
Clinton on Tuesday evening said she would back whichever candidate is chosen to be the Democratic nominee for president after a broadside she made against Sen. Bernie Sanders sparked heavy criticism earlier in the day.
“I’m not going to go there yet.” She had also offered a broad condemnation of the progressive candidate’s style of politics.
“I thought everyone wanted my authentic, unvarnished views!” Clinton tweeted Tuesday night. “But, to be serious, the number one priority for our country and world is retiring Trump, and, as I always have, I will do whatever I can to support our nominee.”
Her tweet came after Clinton drew backlash earlier Tuesday for saying in an as-yet-unreleased Hulu documentary that “nobody likes Sanders,” who ran against her in the 2016 Democratic primary, The Hill reports.
Her initial comments ripped open the scars of the brutal 2016 primary battle between Sanders and Clinton just as Democrats are poised to begin voting on their next nominee.
Sanders’ loyalists believed the Democratic establishment had rigged the primary in favor of Clinton, who won the nomination but ended up losing the general election to Trump.
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