Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSuper PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump I voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 Neera Tanden tapped as White House staff secretary MORE is responding to criticism of her presidential campaign from supporters of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats face critical 72 hours Overnight Health Care — Presented by Altria — Manchin nixes Medicare expansion Manchin shutting down Sanders on Medicare expansion MORE (I-Vt.) by noting that she beat Sanders in the Democratic primary in a "landslide."
During an interview with NPR on Tuesday, Clinton was asked about her response to those who say she ran in 2016 as a candidate who believed it was her turn to be president.
"Well, I just totally reject that. As you probably would have expected me to say," Clinton said.
"I find this criticism from Sanders supporters to be so off base. He's not even a Democrat."
Clinton clarified her comments were not meant to be a "slam" on Sanders.
"I've been working on behalf of Democrats, to be elected, to be reelected, for decades. And so yes, I was familiar to broad parts of the electorate, and I'm proud of that," she said during the interview.
"And I did well across the country. I won by 4 million votes. That's a landslide. I won, really, by March and April."
But even after that point, Clinton said, Sanders kept going and launching attacks against her.
"He and his followers' attacks on me kept getting more and more personal, despite him asking me not to attack him personally," she said.
"And, you know, I really regret that. But now he's got a chance to prove that he's something other than a spoiler. And that is to help other Democrats. And I don't know if he will or not, but I'm hoping he will."
In the 2016 Democratic primaries, Clinton received nearly 17 million votes, beating Sanders, who had 13.2 million.
In her new book, "What Happened," Clinton put blame on Sanders for doing "lasting damage" to her campaign and "paving the way" for President Trump's "Crooked Hillary" attacks.