Campaign literature paid for by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has allegedly been dropping news stories that paint her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders as dishonest and ignorant, according to Buzzfeed.
Left on my windshield after Sanders event -flyer from Hillary for America it says w/ articles hitting Sanders pic.twitter.com/pBdh3DNi4v— MaryAlice Parks (@maryaliceparks) February 6, 2016
A Politifact article accusing Sanders of misleading the public on his endorsements and a Washington Post editorial slamming the socialist candidate’s campaign as “fiction-filled” and delivering exaggerated, empty promises to voters have been circulating through New Hampshire. Both articles state they are paid for by Clinton’s campaign.
Found at the bottom of the steps just inside the entrance to my apartment. pic.twitter.com/EsN4BSIORw— Casey McDermott (@caseymcdermott) February 6, 2016
Yet Clinton’s direct attacks on the Vermont senator will only turn off supporters instead of drawing them in. As Sanders leads in the New Hampshire polls, the Clinton campaign is getting desperate and that desperation is manifesting in an ugly way -- from spreading biased news reports to Bill Clinton (ironically) scourging the Sanders’ campaign for sexism. In contrast, Sanders is not resorting to immature tactics to win over voters. When asked whether she agreed with Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s assumption that Clinton is evil, Sanders’ wife defended their opponent.
“No, No. Absolutely not,” Jane Sanders said. “We’ve known Bill and Hillary for years. And we’re not friends, but colleagues. That has no place in politics today, I don’t think, Bernie doesn’t think. We think that the most important thing we can do is to lead by example, to treat others as we would have them treat us, and I hope that it is reciprocal. We’re not going to play that game.”
So while Clinton is out there tarnishing Sanders’ campaign in a manipulative way, Sanders is simply relying on his own policy ideas to get his message across -- and looks like that is resonating more with voters.