Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) on Wednesday questioned why the Democratic party is still litigating the 2016 presidential primary between Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonPoll: 85 percent of Clinton supporters would vote for her again OMB director: Government shutdown not a 'desired end' Poll: Almost half say Trump off to poor start MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPelosi: 'Of course' Dems can be against abortion Kasich: 'I think political parties are on their way out' Sanders: Democratic Party's model is 'failing' MORE (I-Vt.).
Why are people still talking about Hillary vs Bernie? What a waste of energy. 2017 is about resisting and rebuilding.— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) April 20, 2017
Sanders waged a tough primary campaign against Clinton last year, presenting himself as a progressive alternative to the former secretary of State.
The Vermont senator endorsed Clinton last July when it became clear she would become the 2016 Democratic nominee.
“No, I’m an Independent,” he said when asked by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews whether he now identifies as a Democrat.
Sanders also believed that Clinton’s “I’m with her” slogan last year was “phony,” according to a new book by The Hill’s Amie Parnes and Sidewire’s Jonathan Allen.
“It’s so phony!” he said when he was approached to record an ad for Clinton’s campaign last September. “I don’t want to say that.”
More recently, Sanders has drawn fire from Democrats for saying he isn't sure that high-profile Democratic Georgia special election candidate Jon Ossoff is as a "progressive." But Sanders remains popular, ranking as the most popular active politician in a recent poll.