A new docuseries titled “Hillary” is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival Jan. 25. The four-episode series covers Hillary Clinton’s view on the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the lead-up to the 2016 election, and paints a narrative about women in politics.
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Clinton expanded on her problems with 2020 Democratic candidate and 2016 Democratic contender Sen. Bernie Sanders.
In the docuseries, Clinton says Sanders was impossible to work with and had little to no Democratic support.
“He was in Congress for years. He had one senator support him. Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done. He was a career politician. It’s all just baloney, and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it,” she said.
When asked if that assessment still rings true in 2020, she said it does. Clinton also refused to acknowledge whether or not she would endorse Sanders for president if he wins the Democratic nomination.
“I’m not going to go there yet. We’re still in a very vigorous primary season. I will say, however, that it’s not only him, it’s the culture around him. It’s his leadership team. It’s his prominent supporters. It’s his online Bernie Bros and their relentless attacks on lots of his competitors, particularly the women,” Clinton said, then insinuating Sanders tells his supporters to attack female candidates, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
“You either don’t know what your campaign and supporters are doing, or you’re just giving them a wink and you want them to go after Kamala [Harris] or after Elizabeth [Warren],” Clinton said.
The day before the seventh round of Democratic debates, an anonymous source leaked a story to CNN alleging Sanders told Warren a woman could not beat Donald Trump. Sanders denied the report, but Warren used the leaked story to push the idea that a woman can be president.
During the Hollywood Reporter interview for “Hillary,” Clinton said Sanders’ attacks on her in the 2016 primary were because she is a woman.
“This argument about whether or not or when he did or didn’t say that a woman couldn’t be elected, it’s part of a pattern. If it were a one-off, you might say, ‘OK, fine.’ But he said I was unqualified. I had a lot more experience than he did, and got a lot more done than he had, but that was his attack on me,” Clinton said.
While Clinton’s attacks on Sanders’ largely useless congressional career are justified, Sanders attacking Clinton in 2016 shouldn’t have been surprising either. They were competing for the presidential nomination, after all. The pre-interview with Clinton and the likely glowing review of Clinton’s legacy in this docuseries smooth over Clinton’s own pitfalls as a candidate. The former secretary of state was riddled with scandals, not limited to Benghazi and her email server.
Regardless, it’s unlikely “Hillary” will answer the deep questions Americans have about Clinton’s scandalous political life. The docuseries highlights not only Sanders, but Lewinsky and Trump as well. None of the three were asked to be interviewed. While head of Hulu documentaries Belisa Balaban said, “This is not an agenda piece,” the Hollywood Reporter called the docuseries a “largely flattering portrayal” of Clinton.
“Hillary” airs March 6 on Hulu.