Former Vermont Gov Says Sanders Has No Loyalty to Dems, May Hurt Future Nominee’s Chance Against Trump

The former governor of Vermont issued a warning to Democrats about how Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) could impact their chances in the 2020 presidential election.

In an interview with Politico, former Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) said that Sanders could hurt the future nominee’s chances are with his attacks on them during the primary.

Shumlin — who endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden — said that Sanders will “play dirty” during the Democratic primary because of a “holier than the rest” sentiment held by the Vermont senator and his staff.

“What I’ve seen in Bernie’s politics is he and his team feel they’re holier than the rest. In the end, they will play dirty because they think that they pass a purity test that Republicans and most Democrats don’t pass.”

Shumlin warned that “Bernie will come first,” even if he “considers you a friend.”

“That’s the pattern we’ve seen over the years in Vermont, and that’s what we are seeing now nationally,” Shumlin added.

Shumlin’s comments come as rift has emerged between Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) that led to a somewhat awkward moment at the end of the seventh Democratic debate where she appeared to refuse to shake his hand.

Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidates (L-R) Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks with Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) as billionaire activist Tom Steyer listens after the seventh Democratic 2020 presidential debate at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., January 14, 2020. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Ahead of the debate, Warren claimed that in a 2018 meeting with Sanders he told her that a woman could not win the presidency.

In a statement, Sanders denied the claim, “It is ludicrous to believe that at the same meeting where Elizabeth Warren told me she was going to run for president, I would tell her that a woman couldn’t win,” as IJR has previously reported.

“We should be weakening Donald Trump, not each other,” Shumlin said as he voiced his concern that the spat between the two presidential candidates could harm Warren’s chances to beat President Donald Trump if she won the nomination.

“I’m concerned that we’re seeing a replay of the kind of dynamics that didn’t allow Hillary to win,” he added.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has partially blamed Sanders for her 2016 loss. In her book “What Happened,” Clinton says that Sanders’ attacks sowed division within the party and made it harder for voters to rally around her.

“His attacks caused lasting damage, making it harder to unify progressives in the general election and paving the way for Trump’s ‘Crooked Hillary’ campaign.'”

Finally, Shumlin warned that Sanders has not always been a loyal supporter of other Democratic candidates, “Don’t forget, the first office he won was beating the Democratic mayor of Burlington. He never endorsed most Democrats until his Senate career.”

“The only way he could win the Senate seat and avoid a Democrat winning the nomination and splitting the vote in the general election has been to run for the Democratic nomination, win it and immediately turn it down,” he continued.


  1. Comrade Sanders loyalty lays only with Lenin, Stalin and the party.

  2. Bradley, Warren’s claim was Sanders said a woman could not beat Trump in 2020. Sanders’ response was he never said a woman could not be president. The denial was NOT to the accusation.

  3. Bernie has ridden the Dim coattails for almost 40 years. At least he was smart enough not to come out as the Commie he is.

    I wonder if the Dims have the smarts, will, or bravery to purge themselves of the Socialsits and Commies. Doubtful. They want/need all the support they can get.

    Same goes for the Socialists/Commies who are USING the Dims to advance their own power.

  4. bernie is not a demwite. he is a independent. he only becomes a demwite every four years when he wants to run for president. i think he is the only one that would stand a chance of beating OUR president. a small chance. out of what is running right now. hillary has no chance in hell of winning if she got in. maybe the only one that would stand a chance is michele, and only because she is a women, and black. oh and the liberal left would think they are getting b.o. back. there goes the country again. she would undo all the good that OUR president has done. everyone would be back on welfare and unemployment would at a all time high again.

    1. Unemployment was 7.8% when Obama took office and 4.7% when Trump took office. HOW is that an all time high?? Obama’s last 36 months saw 7.96 million jobs created—and Trump’s 36 months produced 6.69 million jobs created. If Trump actually believed his “Obama’s phony economic numbers” claim, he would not be touting a 111 month consecutive job growth when he has only been in office 36 months.

  5. It’s not the chaos among your own party who can’t even agree on the same things being in the same damn party. It’s your crazy policies that bend the citizens over and reams them roughly. All so you can cater to non citizens and identity politics and this insane notion that if we crippled our economy that China will get on board with it. The Paris Accord was followed by the United States alone in regards to other super powers China didn’t prevent a single bit of it’s rampant pollution. You want to win Democrats here’s what you do stop trying to abolish ICE just let them do their job as intended. Stop catering to illegals they are not citizens they do not have any legal rights to a damn thing here. If they are in such dire straights work on your own country fight for it like those before us did here. Or wait at a legal point of entry until you’re granted access if not then accept it and go home or elsewhere possibly try again. Stop pushing an agenda to drive a wedge between Americans and run on policies that improve Americans lives that isn’t taking from the working class to give to the lazy bastards who refuse to work when they are capable. That’s not everyone on welfare it was a noble gesture but it gets abused more than it’s legitimately used. Stop pandering to addicts like they can’t control it they made the choice to use a known dangerous and highly addictive drug. Definitely stop with the whole taking away people’s second amendment right I agree it should be harder to own a gun, and a thorough mental screening before and periodically throughout ownership should be mandatory. Basically stop leaning so extremely far left a middle ground approach works best.

  6. It’s not the contretemps between Bernie and Warren that is dangerous, but the violent, uncompromising attitude of his supporters as recorded by O’Keefe.

  7. What a sellout. They’ll just throw more money at him and he’ll do as he’s TOLD.

  8. Bernie is going to win whether he gets the nomination or not

  9. Well, it depends if he gets another house after they collude to prevent him from getting the nomination again.

  10. The corrupt establishment Democrats are going to do everything that they can to denigrate Bernie Sanders, even though he has the best chance to dethrone the current king. Talk about shooting themselves in both feet. All for a buck or three.

    1. I think it is Empress Nancy Pelosi who needs to be dethroned and she needs to take her pens with her.

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