Hillary Clinton Blasts Bernie Sanders, Says He Promises 'The Moon' But Can't Deliver

Hillary Clinton
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a panel discussion about her upcoming Hulu documentary in Pasadena, California on January 17, 2020. Erik Voake/Getty

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton renewed her criticism of Senator Bernie Sanders on Thursday, warning that the current presidential candidate would fail to deliver on campaign promises if elected.

Clinton, who narrowly beat Sanders for the 2016 Democratic nomination, had previously expressed harsh words for her former rival, slamming his record of accomplishments and insisting that "nobody likes" him in an interview for an upcoming Hulu documentary. Her latest comments came during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

"You've got to be responsible for what you say and what you say you're going to do. We need to rebuild trust in our fellow Americans, and in our institutions," said Clinton. "And if you promise the moon and you can't deliver the moon, then that is going to be one more indicator of how we just can't trust each other."

Host Ellen DeGeneres asked Clinton about her earlier comments concerning Sanders, saying "it must feel good" to speak freely. Clinton replied by noting that the documentary interview was filmed over a year earlier but said that she had "a pretty clear perspective about what it's going to take to win" the presidency.

Without specifically addressing Sanders, Clinton said candidates have a "responsibility" to be able to successfully enact their policies.

"I think that you should tell people what you mean, mean what you say, and have some sense of responsibility for how you would get anything done that you talk about," said Clinton.

The topic of universal healthcare was then brought up by Clinton, who spoke against promising "ideal" policies, saying that risks were too great because the Trump administration would take away healthcare if Democrats lost.

"I just want everybody to understand how high the stakes are and to hold every candidate and every public office holder accountable for what they do, or they don't do," Clinton said.

Both Clinton and DeGeneres focused on electability of potential candidates in the upcoming election, warning Democrats not to nominate the wrong person.

DeGeneres maintained that nominating a candidate inclined towards "going to the extreme" or making promises they can't fulfill would be a mistake, adding that "anyone can say anything." Clinton agreed, while contending that "the biggest turnout ever" would be required to beat Trump.

"These things are not easy to do," said Clinton. "So, you need somebody who knows how to govern. And I just want everyone to pay attention because... we really should have the biggest turnout ever in this next election."

After a chaotic Iowa caucus that saw former Vice President Joe Biden significantly underperform, Sanders is currently viewed by many as the new Democratic primary frontrunner, with at least one prominent statistician giving him a nearly 50 percent chance at winning the nomination.

Newsweek reached out to Sanders for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.