Elizabeth Warren hit back at progressive rival Bernie Sanders Sunday, saying she is “disappointed” that he’s “sending his volunteers out to trash me” and risks dividing the party with negative attacks against her and others.
“We all saw the impact of the factionalism in 2016, and we can’t have a repeat of that,” she said, suggesting that Sanders’ campaign against Hillary Clinton hurt her in the general election. “Democrats need to unite our party.”
I hope Bernie reconsiders and turns his campaign in a different direction,” Warren added.Her comments following a town hall here come after POLITICO reported Saturday that the Vermont senator’s campaign had developed a script instructing volunteers to criticize Warren as appealing to “highly-educated, more affluent people”
and that she is “bringing no new bases into the Democratic Party.” It was a breach of the quasi non-aggression pact between the two progressive senators, who have been longtime friends and ideological allies and have largely refrained from hitting one another during the primary.“
I was disappointed to hear that Bernie is sending his volunteers out to trash me,” Warren said. “Bernie knows me, and has known me for a long time. He knows who I am, where I come from, what I have worked on and fought for, and the coalition and grass-roots movement we’re trying to build.”