Supporters of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) on Tuesday caused “#ILikeBernie” to lead the list of trending terms in the U.S. on Twitter after former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE sharply criticized him.
The hashtag appeared to be a response to Clinton’s assertion in an upcoming Hulu documentary that “no one” on Capitol Hill “likes” Sanders, calling him a career politician who has failed to achieve legislative gains.
“Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done. He was a career politician,” Clinton says in the documentary. “It’s all just baloney and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it.”
Sanders supporters responded by pointing out that any animosity that other lawmakers feel towards Sanders would only help him among Democrats tired of moderates on Capitol Hill.
Hillary Clinton: “Nobody likes him…”
Me: “You mean except for teachers, nurses, farmers, truck drivers, food service workers, construction workers…”
HillaryClinton: “Yeah. Like I said, nobodies.” #ILikeBernie pic.twitter.com/vYWCKKdwVQ
— Clark Feels The Bern (@Clarknt67) January 21, 2020
Imagine being so disliked by millions to the point of losing to Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE yet still having the hubris to say someone else is “unlikable”. Hillary Clinton is shockingly tone deaf and still playing victim 4 years later. She will never go away. #ILikeBernie
— Tim Black ™ (@RealTimBlack) January 21, 2020
One endorser of Sanders’s campaign, Akron, Ohio, city councilwoman Tara Samples, pointed out a letter Clinton sent to Sanders in the waning days of the 2016 election thanking him for his support in the general election following his primary defeat.
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Sometimes we need a reminder as to who doesn’t like us. #ILikeBernie pic.twitter.com/cxlQHlzN9J
— Tara L. Samples (@TaraLSamples) January 21, 2020
Other 2020 candidates joined in the hashtag Tuesday afternoon, with frequent Sanders ally Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardGabbard drops defamation lawsuit against Clinton It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process 125 lawmakers urge Trump administration to support National Guard troops amid pandemic MORE (D-Hawaii) tweeting simply: “I like Bernie. #ILikeBernie.”
I like Bernie. #ILikeBernie
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) January 21, 2020
Billionaire Tom SteyerTom SteyerBloomberg wages war on COVID-19, but will he abandon his war on coal? Overnight Energy: 600K clean energy jobs lost during pandemic, report finds | Democrats target diseases spread by wildlife | Energy Dept. to buy 1M barrels of oil Ocasio-Cortez, Schiff team up to boost youth voter turnout MORE, who shared a much-tweeted-about moment with Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) onstage at the last Democratic primary debate, added: “At the risk of getting in the middle of it — I like @BernieSanders.”
“Now let’s move on, America,” he added.
At the risk of getting in the middle of it — I like @BernieSanders.
Now let’s move on, America.
— Tom Steyer (@TomSteyer) January 21, 2020
Sanders himself responded to Clinton’s comments, as well, telling The Hill in an emailed statement, “My focus today is on a monumental moment in American history: the impeachment trial of Donald Trump. Together, we are going to go forward and defeat the most dangerous president in American history.”