IfClinton loses to Sanders despite her husband's attacks,the battle for the nominationmay get only harder. Next up is Nevada and then South Carolina, whereHillary Clinton may be relying onminority votersto help her beat Sanders â"but, then again,Bill Clinton's perceived racism hurt his wife's attempts to win South Carolinain 2008 when he called Obama's candidacy "thebiggest fairy tale I've ever seen." The former president later said he was only pointing out that Obama, as senator, voted against the Iraq War, but then voted to fund it.
"So 'that story is a fairy tale' â"now, that doesn't have anything to do with my respect for him as a person or as a political figure in this campaign," Clinton toldthe Rev. Al Sharpton at the time. "He's put together a great campaign. It's clearly not a fairy tale. It's real."
Bill Clinton Revs Up Attacks Against Bernie Sanders
The former Secretary of State trails Sanders in the Granite State, a state that has in the past boosted Clinton campaigns. On Sunday, Clinton also derided Sanders' assertion that he is running a positive campaign, saying the actions of his staffers and the conduct of his supporters online shows that's not the case.
"You guys say you're running a positive campaign, but it was your campaign that made 25 separate inquires in the mere space of 30 minutes trying to loot information [from Hillary Clinton's campaign] out of computers," Clinton said. "And said, 'Well, I apologize for that.' Yeah, in public they did. In private, they sent an email out complaining, blaming the Democratic party for leaving the keys in the carâ¦.'All I did was drive it out.'"
Clinton also called attention to a collection of male Sanders supporters dubbed 'Bernie bros' who launch vitriolic attacks on Clinton supporters online in solidarity with the Senator's cause. Though the Sanders campaign has distanced itself from the "bros," Clinton suggested that Sanders supporters made it difficult for women to speak freely about his wife's campaign online.
Bloggers "who have gone online to defend Hillary, to explain why they supported her, have been subject to vicious trolling and attacks that are literally too profane often, not to mention sexist, to repeat," Clinton said Sunday.
The sexism suggestion was striking coming from Clinton, whose past misdeeds with women have become part of the 2016 election. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said the former president has a "penchant for sexism" at one point this cycle.
According to theNew YorkTimes, Sanders' camp said Clinton's rhetoric was "disappointing."
"Obviously the race has changed in New Hampshire and elsewhere in recent days," said a senior Sanders advisor Tad Devine.