Election 2016

'Most Progressives I Know Were Against the War in Iraq': Sanders Blasts Clinton's Progressive Record in Tweet Storm

In an unusual turn, the Sanders campaign tweets in first person to attack Hillary's record.

As the democratic race heats up between Senator Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, a new sharper tone seems to be emerging on between the two camps, specifically over Clinton's record as a self-proclaimed "progressive".  

The tiff began when Sanders told NBC’s Alex Seitz-Wald that Clinton was only progressive “some days”:

Team Hillary wasn’t having any of this.



The Sanders camp struck back with a fairly aggressive string of subtweets. This is notable for two reasons: 1) it marks a serious shift in tone to direct attacks with a note of sarcasm and 2) It’s done in first person, which seems to imply these are the Senator’s own words:


Then the official tweet storm began...

The Clinton camp has yet to strike back, but the theme of Clinton's "progressive" record is sure to be a major one in the upcoming news cycle and debates.


UPDATE: Sanders just used Clinton's own design against here, with an updated list of her "nonprogressive" days. Ouch. This had officially gotten ugly.

Adam Johnson is a contributing analyst at FAIR and contributing writer for AlterNet. Follow him on Twitter @AdamJohnsonNYC.

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