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Former Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) believes Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) team “will play dirty” and accused the socialist senator of attempting to “Hillarize” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), he said in an interview with Politico published Thursday.
Shumin, who served as Vermont’s governor from 2011-2017 and formerly chaired the Democratic Governors Association, cast doubt on Sanders’ commitment to the Democrat party and accused him of attempting to “Hillarize” his opponent and leftist ideological compatriot, Warren.
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“What I’ve seen in Bernie’s politics is he and his team feel they’re holier than the rest,” he told Politico. “In the end, they will play dirty because they think that they pass a purity test that Republicans and most Democrats don’t pass.”
“What you’re seeing now is, in the end, even if he considers you a friend, like Elizabeth Warren, Bernie will come first,” Shumin, who endorsed Joe Biden (D), continued.
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“That’s the pattern we’ve seen over the years in Vermont, and that’s what we are seeing now nationally,” he added.
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Shumlin accused Sanders of trying to “Hillarize” Warren, saying the senator had cast Hillary Clinton, too, as an elitist, contributing to divisions in the Democratic electorate.
“We should be weakening Donald Trump, not each other,” Shumlin said. “I’m concerned that we’re seeing a replay of the kind of dynamics that didn’t allow Hillary to win.”
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Shulmin’s remarks follows a week of political fallout between the Warren and Sanders campaign.
Warren on Sunday told reporters she was “disappointed” to hear the Sanders campaign was instructing volunteers to deliver talking points, dissuading potential voters from supporting her. The talking points included the critique that Warren was incapable of expanding the Democrat base.
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“I was disappointed to hear that Bernie is sending his volunteers out to trash me,” she said. “Bernie knows me and has known me for a long time. He knows who...
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