Humor & Heart: Hillary Clinton Super PAC Spontaneously Compares Bernie Sanders to Communist Dictator


Hillary Clinton's spontaneous "humor and heart" campaign is going pretty well. On Monday, she sat down with former Saved by the Bell star Mario Lopez and "sounded off" on fun pop culture stuff like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. And in another display of zany, off-the-cuff antics that will melt your heart, a pro-Hillary Super PAC attacked her chief Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders, by comparing him to former Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez and newly elected UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, a left-wing crazy person and terrorism sympathizer. The Huffington Post reports:

A super PAC backing Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is going negative, circulating an email that yokes her chief rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to some of the more controversial remarks made by Jeremy Corbyn, the United Kingdom's new Labour Party leader, including his praise for the late Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan leader who provided discounted fuel to Vermont in a deal supported by Sanders.

Clinton's camp has long said it has no plans to attack Sanders. But the super PAC, called Correct the Record, departed from its defense of Clinton's record as a former secretary of state in an email Monday that compares Sanders with Corbyn. Correct the Record, led by Clinton ally David Brock, also has sent trackers after Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley…

[T]he email highlights how Sanders helped negotiate a program with Venezuela's national oil company in 2006 that provided discounted heating oil assistance to low-income Vermonters. The senator said it was "not a partisan issue," in the state, which was the sixth to make the deal. His support for the program was apparently enough to merit a mention, since Corbyn has written that the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez's "electoral democratic credentials are beyond reproach."

Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs wrote in an email to The Huffington Post that Correct the Record was "distorting the record." The Sanders campaign has argued that attacks from Clinton supporters are inspired by anxiety over his leads in polls of Democratic voters in Iowa and New Hampshire.

A Sanders campaign spokesman said the attack was "disappointing" because "this is exactly the kind of politics Bernie is trying to change." In a statement to supporters, the candidate lashed out at the Brock-Clinton Super PAC, writing: "It was the kind of onslaught I expected to see from the Koch Brothers or Sheldon Adelson."

Hillary, meanwhile, says she's been reading the Bible and has pledged to be nicer to "those who persecute [her]" (reporters, for example). For the moment, anyway, it seems that she's going to continue to compare her rivals to vile dictators and terrorist groups. Because she's probably still really angry about the time Barack Obama beat her in 2008, and she's definitely not getting any younger.