Former Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, who led the state as a Democrat from 2011 to 2017 has some harsh words for Bernie Sanders.
During a free-for-all interview with Politico, Shumlin, who recently endorsed Joe Biden, accused Sanders of trying to “Hillarize” Elizabeth Warren.
Specifically, Shumlin criticized Sanders’ attempts to portray Warren as an “elitist”, a perception that helped to deeply undermine the Clinton campaign.
Shumlin warned that Sanders doesn’t feel any “loyalty” to the Democratic Party, and won’t hesitate to put his own interests above the party’s.
The reason? Shumlin said Sanders, a self-described Democratic Socialist, and his supporters feel that they can pass a “purity test” that no Republicans and very few Democrats can pass.
Because of this, Sanders won’t hesitate to “play dirty,” Shumlin said.
“What I’ve seen in Bernie’s politics is he and his team feel they’re holier than the rest. In the end, they will play dirty because they think that they pass a purity test that Republicans and most Democrats don’t pass,” said Shumlin. “What you’re seeing now is, in the end, even if he considers you a friend, like Elizabeth Warren, Bernie will come first. That’s the pattern we’ve seen over the years in Vermont, and that’s what we are seeing now nationally.”
Finally, Shumlin reminded his audience that Sanders first major electoral triumph was defeating the Democratic Mayor of Burlington.
“Don’t forget, the first office he won was beating the Democratic mayor of Burlington. He never endorsed most Democrats until his Senate career,” Shumlin said. “The only way he could win the Senate seat and avoid a Democrat winning the nomination and splitting the vote in the general election has been to run for the Democratic nomination, win it and immediately turn it down.”
After losing to Clinton in the rigged Democratic primary, Sanders was a good sport, and agreed to campaign for Clinton, eventually appearing at more than 80 events as a surrogate.
Does that sound like someone who has no respect or loyalty to the party?