Supporters of Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders took to Twitter to post their love and support for the independent senator from Vermont after former presidential opponent Hillary Clinton trashed him in a new documentary.
"Nobody likes him," Clinton said in the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"He was in Congress for years. He had one senator support him.... Nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done," Clinton argued. "He was a career politician. It's all just baloney, and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it."
Asked by the Reporter whether she would back Sanders if he gets the Democratic Party's nomination in 2020, Clinton declined to answer. "I'm not going to go there yet," she said, while also criticizing Sanders' surrogates and supporters.
Less than impressed by Clinton's criticism, many of Sanders' supporters quickly made the hashtag #ILikeBernie trend on Twitter.
"@HillaryClinton thanks for the motivation. Every time you trash him, I will give more #iLikeBernie #RespondWithSolidarity," Los Angeles Chargers running back Justin Jackson tweeted, sharing a screenshot showing that he had just contributed to Sanders' campaign.
"#Bernie2020 Fam, stay fierce & stay focused. The moment to respond to resentful smears will come, but our mission is too important to stray from the work. 'Perfectly timed' attacks are meant to bait us away from expanding our coalition," Nina Turner, a former Ohio state senator who co-chairs Sanders' national campaign, tweeted. "We have the MOMENTUM #iLikeBernie."
"#IlikeBernie because he fights for all of us," Linda Sarsour, a Palestinian-American organizer and surrogate for Sanders, posted. In a follow-up tweet, she encouraged supporters of the Vermont senator to contribute to his campaign.
"How many know what it's like when bullies say 'nobody likes' them? I do," Abdul El-Sayed, an author and former Michigan gubernatorial candidate, wrote. "It's a marginalizing tool of eliteson the schoolyard or in politics. Well, I like @BernieSanders. He's my friend + millions of others," he continued. "Why? Rather than say nobody likes us, he's fighting for us."
Despite Clinton's criticism, Sanders is a clear front-runner for the Democratic nomination, with the latest data from Morning Consult showing that he has the highest favorability of all candidates in the primary race. Sanders is viewed positively by 76 percent of voters, while former Vice President Joe Biden is viewed favorably by 71 percent. Senator Elizabeth Warren comes in third at 65 percent.
Meanwhile, only 17 percent of respondents said they had an unfavorable opinion of Sanders, while 22 percent had an unfavorable view of Biden. Warren was viewed unfavorably by 18 percent.
Additionally, Morning Consult survey data from the fourth quarter of 2019 showed that Sanders was the most popular lawmaker in the Senate. Sixty-five percent of respondents approved of the progressive senator, with only three other senators having approval ratings above 60 percent.