Bill Clinton: Sanders Is 'Hermetically Sealed' Off From Reality

Ex-president Clinton goes on offensive against Vermont senator at NH event
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2016 7:31 AM CST
Bill Clinton: Sanders Is 'Hermetically Sealed' Off From Reality
Former President Bill Clinton speaks at a rally at the United Brotherhood of Carpenters International Training Center on Friday in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/John Locher)

Attacking Bernie Sanders is becoming a Clinton family affair. Just weeks after Chelsea railed against Sanders' health care plan, Bill Clinton—whom the Washington Post called a "doomsday device" for his wife's campaign—took to a New Hampshire stage Sunday to address what he calls dishonest and "sexist" attacks against Hillary, the New York Times reports. "When you're making a revolution you can't be too careful with the facts," the ex-president said, calling Sanders "hermetically sealed" from reality, per NBC News. The Times described Clinton's remarks as ranging from a general discussion about the race to "an angrier recitation of grievances against Mr. Sanders and his fervent supporters." The paper also notes that although Clinton has been relatively subdued so far, frustration may be brewing due to Sanders' strength in the state ahead of Tuesday's primary.

Among Clinton's complaints: Hillary's alleged links to Wall Street; Sanders' attempt to paint himself as the anti-establishment candidate ("Anybody that doesn't agree with me is a tool of the establishment," Clinton said, pretending to speak in Sanders-speak); and a Sanders' staffer improperly accessing Clinton campaign voter data. But Clinton really lit up when talking about what he describes as misogynistic attacks against his wife by Sanders' supporters. In talking about a female blogger who defended his wife online, Clinton said "she and other people have been subject to vicious trolling and attacks that are literally too profane often, not to mention sexist, to repeat." Sanders' campaign manager tells Bloomberg: "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." (More Bill Clinton stories.)

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