Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)’s campaign manager doused fuel on the fire Thursday when he said the campaign was correct in arguing rival Hillary Clinton was questioning Sanders’ qualifications to be president.
The comments from Sanders’ top aide, Jeff Weaver, came hours after Sanders referenced a Washington Post article saying as much and blamed the media for this latest tiff with the former secretary of state.
Weaver seemed to acknowledge in an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that Clinton never said explicitly that Sanders was unqualified. He argued that Clinton had training in “how to say a lot of things without actually saying them.”
“You know, they’re playing a very sort of cute game in terms of language,” Weaver told Mitchell. “But you know the Washington Post got it right when they ran the headline that said Hillary Clinton was questioning Bernie Sanders’ qualifications.”
The Washington Post article aggregated reports of Clinton suggesting Sanders was ill-prepared for the presidency, although she did not say Sanders was “unqualified” to occupy the White House.
Sanders said Wednesday night that Clinton was the one who was “unqualified,” after she criticized Sanders’ New York Daily News editorial board interview earlier in the day and said he didn’t do his homework.
Clinton shot back Thursday morning in a press conference in the Bronx, saying said it was “kind of silly” for Sanders to say she wasn’t qualified to be president.