Hillary Clinton’s campaign staffers are still sore about Bernie Sanders’ 2016 run, and they dished out some cold revenge this week by leaking figures about the socialist senator’s private air travel. Former members of Clinton’s entourage published details of how Sanders would use private jets to attend campaign rallies on Hillary’s behalf after the primaries were over – a move that has the Bernie camp up in arms.
In an interview with Politico, Sanders’ campaign spokesman said that the Clintons were “total ingrates” who should be more appreciative of what the Vermont senator did for their campaign.
“You can see why she’s one of the most disliked politicians in America,” said Michael Briggs. “She’s not nice. Her people are not nice. [Sanders] busted his tail to fly all over the country to talk about why it made sense to elect Hillary Clinton and the thanks that we get is this kind of petty stupid sniping a couple years after the fact. It doesn’t make me feel good to feel this way but they’re some of the biggest a–holes in American politics.”
Briggs blew up after former Clinton staffers said that Sanders’ private planes became a “running joke in the office” due to its incongruency with the senator’s socialist stance – not to mention his frequent climate change tirades. While out on the campaign trail advocating for the elimination of heavy aircraft and for the development of high-speed railways, he was simultaneously racking up a $100,000 chartered flight bill – money he happily billed the Clinton campaign for.
As Sanders gears up to take another shot at winning the Democratic nomination, his bona fides as a believer in socialism have come under scrutiny. In addition to his fondness for private air travel, Sanders has drawn criticism for a lifestyle that bears little resemblance to his “down with the rich” populist speeches. He owns three houses, including a $575,000 lake-front home in Vermont. The others include nice digs in Burlington and a fancy row house in D.C.
Concerns about Sanders’ opulent lifestyle are unlikely to sway the millennial voters who see him as a kind of left-wing messiah, but they could come back to haunt him if he wins the nomination. President Trump will already have plenty of material to work with in terms of warning the nation against Sanders’ extreme socialist agenda; if he can slip some hypocrisy arguments in there as well, it’s going to give the Vermont senator a very steep hill to climb.
And if Sanders loses on Election Night 2020, we have a feeling that a certain Mrs. Clinton is going to be silently grinning in her Chappaqua mansion.