"They Had More Information Than Us" - Sanders Blames Clinton For Not Exposing Russian Meddling

Sen. Bernie Sanders, unsurprisingly, has a deep and abiding respect for public radio, and frequently sits for interviews with the local Vermont station. But while most of these interviews focus on Sanders' favorite topics (burgeoning economic inequality in the US and, of course, his famed "Medicare for All" proposal), during an interview on Wednesday, Sanders felt compelled to address the "hot topic" of Russian interference during the US election.

In response to a caller asking why Bernie didn't do more to expose the Russian disinformation campaign while it was happening, Sanders replied that he had no idea that it was happening - and furthermore, he questioned why Hillary Clinton, whom he said had far more information than he did at the time, did not do more to address the issue.

"If he was aware that Russians were trying to promote him and divide Democrats against Mrs. Clinton, why did he not communicate this to his supporters?" the listener asked Sanders.

First, Sanders clarified that the Russians weren't supporting his campaign any more than they were supporting other controversial causes...

"This was not supporting me any more than they were supporting groups like Black Lives Matter that are fighting for social justice," Sanders said.

...Before adding that the real question is why Clinton didn't do more to expose the Russians, or at least try to explain to the public what was happening...

"I did not know that Russian bots were promoting my campaign," Sanders added. "Russians bots were not promoting my campaign. What we found out is that in April and May, it appeared that there were lots of strange things happening, attacking Hillary Clinton."

"I would say that the real question to be asked is what was the Clinton campaign doing - they had more information about this than we did, and at this point, we were working with them," he responded.

The interviewer then asked if the Clinton campaign expressly asked that the issue not be discussed. Sanders said it hadn't.

"No, of course not, but who do you think would be raising that issue?" Sanders said.

"I could see a world in which Mrs. Clinton said, ‘It's the Russians,' and Sanders supporters say, ‘Oh, that's baloney,' but if Sanders says it, they say, ‘OK,'" the interviewer said.

"We knew what we knew when we knew it, and that's about all that I can say," Sanders said.

Of course, Clinton famously blamed both the Russians and Bernie Sanders (along with the movie "There's Something About Mary" and deep-seated misogyny) for her stunning election lost in her "mea culpa" "What Happened?" - which was notably free of the 'accepting of responsibility' that Clinton has repeatedly promised her distraught supporters.




overbet FIAT CON Wed, 02/21/2018 - 19:53 Permalink

"I would say that the real question to be asked is what was the Clinton campaign doing - they had more information about this than we did, and at this point, we were working with them," he responded.


How unusual for a politician to automatically respond by shifting the blame. What a unique person. 

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Son of Loki lloll Wed, 02/21/2018 - 20:16 Permalink

Sanders had some good points. Like his promise to tax all white peeples he called, "The Reparation Tax" and he got some professor to calculate that every cracker should be taxed $3,000 to pay for stuff hundreds of years ago.

He also agreed to expand SoweetoCare and Hillary's proposed middle class tax rate of at least 65%.



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PT bonin006 Thu, 02/22/2018 - 09:30 Permalink

No.  Apparently this internet is "broadband" and "top-of-the-line" but I have often timed it and it has been slower than dial-up.  Yes, we have complained many times.  Our ISP has given discounts for the inconvenience but never fixed the speed problems.

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greenskeeper carl Jumanji1959 Wed, 02/21/2018 - 19:38 Permalink

Its funny reading shit like this. If he had even half a testicle in his sad, withered up sack, he'd point out that to this day, there has been zero hard evidence that the Russians hacked anything, or that anything they did, even if the allegations of facebook ad buying are true, had any meaningful effect on the election. He'd point out that clinton lost because she ran a terrible campaign, was a terrible and flawed candidate, and that, put simply, she was an establishment candidate during a 'change' year. He'd also point out the in head to head polls, HE would have likely beat trump. But, he didn't say any of that, because he is a liar and a pussy. Even after all the revelations of her and the DNC cheating and rigging the primary, he STILL carries water for her failed campaign. That anyone cares was this pathetic old loser thinks blows my mind.

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MK ULTRA Alpha youshallnotkill Wed, 02/21/2018 - 20:14 Permalink

It was Clinton state department and Obama who got us into the mess in Syria, but it is all blamed on Trump.

Israel, the US, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey created and funded ISIS.

It was Trump who ordered the end of the ISIS CIA program and the destruction of ISIS. But don't let facts get in the way of the anti-American hate rant on the ZeroHedge board.

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onewayticket2 Wed, 02/21/2018 - 19:33 Permalink

Where you been, Bern?  the Primary was 2 years ago!   You (and anyone paying attention) knew - 2 full years ago - that you got scammed by DWS/Clinton/Brazile, etc.


NOW you wake up??  or is this for show?   Fact is, Bernie was in there ONLY to grease the skids of socialist policy....to make it APPEAR HRC was a moderate.



The Lake House you purchased a few days after endorsing HRC 



TeethVillage88s Wed, 02/21/2018 - 19:35 Permalink

Big Ideas - Sanders

Big Cock kind of Communism

Big Cock kind of Socialism

Big Cock Hubris

But... Failed since he is out of touch, doesn't know DNC System, Doesn't know Central Bank System, Doesn't know Banking System, Doesn't know Corporatism, Doesm't know Globalism... Doesn't know attack on Middle Class, Doesn't know Attack on Concept of a Nation mean his base is under attack, Doesn't know Globalism is attack on TAX Base?Bread Winner Jobs is attack on his Base and the Voters... basically he doesn't understand Economics or have Economic Advisers... since he focuses on Corruption by Capitalist OR WORSE he is just Partisan US Politician playing a "Role".