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'I Like Bernie' hashtag trends after Clinton criticizes Sanders

Supporters of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersObama book excerpt: 'Hard to deny my overconfidence' during early health care discussions Americans have a choice: Socialized medicine or health care freedom Ocasio-Cortez says Democrats must focus on winning White House for Biden MORE (I-Vt.) on Tuesday caused "#ILikeBernie" to lead the list of trending terms in the U.S. on Twitter after former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHouse Judiciary Republicans mockingly tweet 'Happy Birthday' to Hillary Clinton after Barrett confirmation Hillary Clinton tweets 'vote them out' after Senate GOP confirm Barrett CNN: Kayleigh McEnany praised Biden as 'man of the people' in 2015 MORE sharply criticized him.

The hashtag appeared to be a response to Clinton's assertion in an upcoming Hulu documentary that "no one" on Capitol Hill "likes" Sanders, calling him a career politician who has failed to achieve legislative gains.

"Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done. He was a career politician,"  Clinton says in the documentary. "It's all just baloney and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it."

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Sanders supporters responded by pointing out that any animosity that other lawmakers feel towards Sanders would only help him among Democrats tired of moderates on Capitol Hill.

One endorser of Sanders's campaign, Akron, Ohio, city councilwoman Tara Samples, pointed out a letter Clinton sent to Sanders in the waning days of the 2016 election thanking him for his support in the general election following his primary defeat.

Other 2020 candidates joined in the hashtag Tuesday afternoon, with frequent Sanders ally Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardHarris faces biggest moment in spotlight yet Ocasio-Cortez slams Tulsi Gabbard for amplifying ballot harvesting video Republicans call on DOJ to investigate Netflix over 'Cuties' film MORE (D-Hawaii) tweeting simply: "I like Bernie. #ILikeBernie."

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Billionaire Tom SteyerTom SteyerTrump leads Biden in Texas by 4 points: poll Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein 2020 election already most expensive ever MORE, who shared a much-tweeted-about moment with Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenAll fracked up: Biden's Keystone State breakdown What do Google, banks and chicken salad have in common? Final debate: War Admiral vs. Seabiscuit MORE (D-Mass.) onstage at the last Democratic primary debate, added: "At the risk of getting in the middle of it — I like @BernieSanders."

"Now let's move on, America," he added.

Sanders himself responded to Clinton's comments, as well, telling The Hill in an emailed statement, “My focus today is on a monumental moment in American history: the impeachment trial of Donald Trump. Together, we are going to go forward and defeat the most dangerous president in American history.”