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'I Like Bernie' hashtag trends after Clinton criticizes Sanders

Supporters of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders: Netanyahu has cultivated 'racist nationalism' Former OMB pick Neera Tanden to serve as senior adviser to Biden Tensions mount among Democrats over US-Israel policy 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 ClintonDemocrats say it's up to GOP to stop Trump 2024 Hillary Clinton to speak at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders summit More than half of eligible Latinos voted in 2020, setting record 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 GabbardFox News says network and anchor Leland Vittert have 'parted ways' New co-chairs named for congressional caucus for millennials Tulsi Gabbard blasts new House rules on gender neutral language as 'height of hypocrisy' MORE (D-Hawaii) tweeting simply: "I like Bernie. #ILikeBernie."

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Billionaire Tom SteyerTom SteyerTop 12 political donors accounted for almost 1 of every 13 dollars raised since 2009: study California Democrats weigh their recall options Why we should be leery of companies entering political fray MORE, who shared a much-tweeted-about moment with Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSanders: Netanyahu has cultivated 'racist nationalism' Tensions mount among Democrats over US-Israel policy Warren says Republican Party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' 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.”