Bernie Sanders and his supporters are still a little bit stung by his 2016 Democratic nomination experience against Hillary Clinton. A big part of Sanders’ appeal with voters has been the feeling like he is fighting against both the Republican and Democratic establishment.
Sanders was again in the middle of controversy after disastrous Iowa caucuses where he finished neck and neck with South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. When the Vermont senator was asked about his recent experience in Iowa, he said that he didn’t think Democrats were intentionally trying to hurt him.
The 2020 hopeful made the comments during a weekend interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper. He told the host, “I have no idea and, you know, we’re going to monitor the situation closely. But that’s not my impression at this point.”
Sanders continued, “All I can tell you Jake, is what I think most Americans knows. We’re taking on the entire establishment. We’re taking on corporate America. We’re taking on Trump and the Republican establishment. And there are a lot of people in the Democratic establishment who are not–to say the least–enthusiastic about Bernie Sanders.”
The Vermont senator closed his remarks by saying what happened in Iowa was more about incompetence than malice. He closed his comments, “The incompetence there in Iowa was just extraordinary.”