Bernie Sanders responds to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election accusations

In her forthcoming book, What Happened, Hillary Clinton partly places the blame for her loss in November’s presidential election on Bernie Sanders. She writes that the independent senator from Vermont’s attacks during the Democratic presidential primary “caused lasting damage, making it harder to unify progressives in the general election and paving the way for [then candidate Donald] Trump’s ‘Crooked Hillary’ campaign.”

When Sanders appeared on The Late Show to promote his own book Thursday, host Stephen Colbert wasted no time in asking the one-time presidential candidate for his response.

Though Sanders initially side-stepped the question, preaching unity against President Trump and the “billionaire class” and discussing how grassroots activism and the progressive movement in the U.S. are stronger than ever, eventually he addressed Colbert’s question head-on.


“Look, Secretary Clinton ran against the most unpopular candidate in the history of this country, and she lost, and she was upset about that,” Sanders said. “I understand that.

“But our job now is really not to go backwards. It is to go forwards,” Sanders continued. “We have enormous problems facing us, and I think it’s a little bit silly to [keep] talking about 2016. We’ve got too many problems.”

Colbert also asked Sanders what question the host should ask Clinton when she appears on The Late Show on Sept. 19 to promote her book. Sanders said he wanted Clinton to join him in the fights to raise the minimum wage to $15, install a Medicare for all single-payer system, and move the U.S. away from fossil fuel dependency.

“In other words, we need her help going forward,” Sanders said. “Let’s not keep arguing about 2016. Let’s get together, take on Trump’s desire to divide us up. Let’s go forward with a progressive agenda. Ask her if she’ll do that.”