Bernie Sanders called former Bill Clinton adviser James Carville a «political hack» as he countered criticism leveled against him by the Democratic strategist in recent days.
The Vermont senator and Democratic primary frontrunner told CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 on Wednesday night that Carville had previously said «terrible things» about Barack Obama, adding that his campaign was taking on «Carville and the Democratic establishment.»
Sen. Sanders’ criticism of Carville came in response to public attacks by the Democratic strategist, including an interview with Vox in which he said the Vermont senator and his colleague Sen. Elizabeth Warren had «stupid» ideas.
Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Monday ahead of the New Hampshire primary, Carville also compared Sanders with the British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who suffered a major U.K. general election defeat in December.
«There’s a certain part of the Democratic Party that wants us to be a cult,» he said.
The supporter of Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, who dropped out of the Democratic primary race this week, later called Sanders a «78-year-old… screaming in a microphone about the revolution.»
Asked for his response to the strategist’s remarks on Anderson Cooper 360 last night, Sen. Sanders said: «James, in all due respect, is a political hack, who said very terrible things when he was working for Clinton against Barack Obama. I think he said some of the same things.»
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders hits back at Democratic strategist James Carville, calling him “a political hack.”
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) February 13, 2020
He went on to pitch his anti-establishment credentials, noting that a former Goldman Sachs CEO said that Sanders would «ruin our economy» if elected president.
«We are taking on Trump, the Republican establishment, Carville, and the Democratic establishment,» the Vermont senator said.
«But at the end of the day, the grassroots movement that we are putting together of young people, of working people, of people of color want real change.»
Newsweek has contacted Carville for comment and will update this article with any response.
The former Clinton adviser backed Sanders’ primary rival Sen. Bennet in the Democratic primary race, and was thanked by the congressman as he announced the end of his presidential campaign after a poor performance in the New Hampshire primary, according to The Washington Post.
Vermont Sen. Sanders had a much better night in the Granite State, winning the popular vote and nine delegates with 25.73 percent of the vote after all precints had reported results.
As the Real Clear Politics average of national primary polling stands, the Independent congressman is the race’s frontrunner with 23.6 percent of the party vote backing him.
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