What (Really) Happened, Day #22
Watching Hillary Clinton flail around trying to appeal to progressive voters was a show of its own in 2016 — and the best part was when Bernie Sanders hit back.
In March 2016, Clinton hosted a campaign rally in St. Louis, Missouri, where she got on stage and criticized Sanders for not doing enough to advocate for universal health care in the 1990s.
“I always get a little chuckle when I hear my opponent talking about doing it,” Clinton said. “I don’t know where he was when I was trying to get health care in ’93 and ’94 . . .”
Bernie Sanders’ campaign hit back almost immediately, pointing out that the answer to Hillary Clinton’s question — “Where was Bernie in the 1990s?” — was pretty clear: “Literally standing right behind her,” read a tweet from Sanders’ rapid-response director, alongside a photograph of Clinton and Sanders at a health care event in 1993. (In the video, Clinton thanks Sanders by name for his work.)
Elsewhere, progressive voters were recirculating a signed photograph that Hillary Clinton sent to Bernie Sanders in 1993: A black-and-white polaroid of Clinton and Sanders sitting together in a room with a hand-written note from Clinton:
“To Bernie Sanders —
With thanks for your commitment to real health care access for all Americans and best wishes.
— Hillary Rodham Clinton, 1993”
After that, the battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders only got more intense.