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Published On: Wed, Apr 20th, 2016

Howard Dean criticizes Bernie Sanders for Hillary Clinton attacks

Photo/David Washington

Photo/David Washington

Former DNC Chair and now Hillary Clinton supporter, Howard Dean, spoke on MSNBC Tuesday afternoon, calling for Bernie Sanders has to back off his attacks on Clinton for the good of the Democratic Party.

“If Hillary wins in a double-digit margin, it is time for Bernie to pull the parties together. The only beneficiary of this kind of a fight is the extreme right wing of the Republican party.”

Dean didn’t call for Sanders to drop out, but says “he’s got to tone down his rhetoric. This is bitter. His supporters, many, I don’t think the majority, are — I am getting all these stuff on Twitter and Facebook, you know, it is not helpful to do this. It polarizes people. It weakens the left. It weakens progressives. It’s not good for the country.”

He said if Clinton wins New York tonight, “it probably is time for Bernie to pull the party together” and “tone down the rhetoric,” which Dean described as “bitter.”

“I don’t expect him to drop out. He earned the right to make a speech at the convention and to continue to compete. But I think he’s got to dial back his rhetoric because it is harming the party and more importantly, it is harming the country.”

Clinton won by a big margin in her “home state” 57.9% to Sanders’ 42.1%, earning 135 delegates to 104.

“We believe we have the momentum, and we believe we have a path of victory,” Sanders told a small group of Vermont reporters a few minutes after he landed at the Burlington airport in the wake of the results.

photo/ donkeyhotey

photo/ donkeyhotey

 

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