Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver’s offensive and outlandish comment about Hillary’s “ambition” being a danger to Democrats was met with outrage from Democrats and laughter from Hillary—deservedly so.
Bernie’s campaign manager Jeff Weaver appeared on CNN late Tuesday night and had the audacity to admonish the Clinton campaign: “Don’t destroy the Democratic Party to satisfy the Secretary’s ambitions to become president of the United States.”
Not only did Weaver’s comment invoke a common sexist caricature of Hillary as someone driven by outsized ambition—the sort of ambition that only seems to be of concern when exhibited by a woman—but it was a startling bit of projection.
It is Weaver who has conjured the specter of a contested Democratic convention, and it is his candidate who refuses to fundraise for down-ballot candidates, even as Hillary has raised tens of millions of dollars for the DNC and state parties.
By contrast, Hillary has been a Democratic Party rockstar for four decades—a fact that is consistently used against her by the Sanders campaign, as they rail against her as “the establishment candidate.” Now, Weaver wants to simultaneously accuse her of being a tool of the establishment and the harbinger of its apocalypse.
Weaver’s flailing isn’t even logically consistent, never mind that it is patently obnoxious.
CNN’s Chris Cuomo asked Hillary for comment on Weaver’s mindless warning and Hillary laughed, a perfectly mirthless laugh, before responding:
“I mean, it’s just ludicrous on the face of it. You know, I have been campaigning for Democrats, fundraising for Democrats, recruiting Democrats to run and win for a really long time. I think about 40 years. Senator Sanders, by his own admission, has never even been a Democrat. I understand they are getting anxious. I get that. But they need to be thoughtful about what they do say because at the end of the day we need a Democratic president.”
By way of a reminder, Bernie promised that he was not going to run a negative campaign.
Watch Hillary’s response:
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