After a super PAC supporting Hillary Clinton circulated an email criticizing Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator compared them to the Koch brothers.
Correct the Record, a group founded by Clinton ally David Brock to defend her throughout her presidential bid, has been circulating a memo critical of Sanders, the Huffington Post reported on Monday. The email compared Sanders to Jeremy Corbyn, the recently elected leader of the United Kingdom’s Labour Party, after highlighting Corbyn’s comments referring to Hamas and Hezbollah as “friends,” according to the Huffington Post. The memo also reportedly linked Sanders to the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
In an email to supporters on Tuesday, Sanders lamented that he had been “attacked by a Clinton super PAC.”
“Yesterday, one of Hillary Clinton’s most prominent Super PACs attacked our campaign pretty viciously. They suggested I’d be friendly with Middle East terrorist organizations, and even tried to link me to a dead communist dictator,” the email from Sanders campaign reads. “It was the kind of onslaught I expected to see from the Koch Brothers or Sheldon Adelson, and it’s the second time a billionaire Super PAC has tried to stop the momentum of the political revolution we’re building together.”
In a statement to the Huffington Post, Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs said that the super PAC was “distorting the record.”
“It is disappointing that Secretary Clinton’s super PAC is spreading disinformation about Bernie,” Briggs said of the Correct the Record memo. “This is exactly the kind of politics that Bernie is trying to change. To equate bringing home heating oil to low-income Vermonters with support for the Chavez government is dishonest.”