'I Like Bernie' hashtag trends after Clinton criticizes Sanders

Supporters of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocratic senator will introduce bill mandating social distancing on flights after flying on packed flight Neil Young opposes use of his music at Trump Mt Rushmore event: 'I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux' Democratic strategist Andrew Feldman says Biden is moving left 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 ClintonCan Republicans handle the aftermath of Donald Trump? Biden seeks to supplant Trump in Georgia Hillary Clinton: 'I would have done a better job' handling coronavirus 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 GabbardFinancial firms facing serious hacking threat in COVID-19 era Gabbard drops defamation lawsuit against Clinton It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE (D-Hawaii) tweeting simply: "I like Bernie. #ILikeBernie."

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Billionaire Tom SteyerTom SteyerThe Hill's Campaign Report: Jacksonville mandates face coverings as GOP convention approaches Steyer endorses Markey in Massachusetts Senate primary Celebrities fundraise for Markey ahead of Massachusetts Senate primary MORE, who shared a much-tweeted-about moment with Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden chips away at Trump's fundraising advantage Warnock raises almost M in Georgia Senate race in second quarter The Hill's Morning Report - Trump lays low as approval hits 18-month low 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.”