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Clinton asks where Sanders was in ’90s healthcare fight—turns out he was right behind her



Miles Klee


Posted on Mar 12, 2016   Updated on May 27, 2021, 2:31 am CDT

Hillary Clinton is having a disastrous weekend. 

First she made the baffling decision, at Nancy Reagan’s funeral on Friday, to praise the former First Lady for directly confronting the 1980s AIDS/HIV crisis—when in truth the Reagans stayed mum on the issue for years, and at a terrible human cost. 

Later that evening, Clinton’s campaign issued a statement about the outbreak of violence surrounding a (canceled) Donald Trump rally, citing the national response to a racially motivated mass shooting in a way that struck many as tone-deaf.

Then, on Saturday, Clinton looked to score points against Democratic rival Sen. Bernie Sanders by telling an audience, “I don’t know where he was when I was trying to get healthcare in ’93 and ’94.”

Well, turns out Mike Casca, rapid response manager for the Sanders campaign, had a pretty good answer for that. In a single tweet, he lived up to his job title and burned Clinton to the ground.

But wait, it gets better. Clinton had even expressly thanked Sanders for fighting with her on the healthcare issue back in 1993.

Jennifer Palmieri, the Clinton camp’s director of communications, strove mightily to spin what most people would readily call a gaffe.

Can Clinton make it to Monday without sticking a foot in her mouth again? Considering she’s getting roasted on her own Instagram account these days, it might not even matter. 

Photo via @cascamike/Twitter

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*First Published: Mar 12, 2016, 7:15 pm CST