Michael Moore: Clinton comments about Sanders 'divisive,' 'cruel' and 'a lie'

Award-winning documentarian Michael Moore on Saturday criticized former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFormer Obama adviser Plouffe predicts 'historical level' of turnout by Trump supporters Poll: More Republican voters think party is more united than Democratic voters Whoopi Goldberg presses Sanders: 'Why are you still in the race?' MORE for saying that "nobody likes" Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHuffPost political reporter on why Bernie fell way behind Biden Schumer: Administration 'must move heaven and earth' to implement new unemployment benefits Biden associates reach out to Holder about VP search MORE (I-Vt.) and defended the 2020 presidential candidate's actions in the lead up to the 2016 election.

"Hillary's comments about Bernie ... that only exists to help Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpMilitary personnel to handle coronavirus patients at facilities in NYC, New Orleans and Dallas Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort has total of 20 patients: report Fauci says that all states should have stay-at-home orders MORE," Moore said in an interview on MSNBC. "It was divisive, it was cruel and it was a lie."

Moore, a Sanders supporter and surrogate, also rebuked Clinton's claims that the senator didn't do enough to unify the party to support Clinton before the 2016 general election. 

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"He did 39 rallies on his own for Hillary. When Hillary lost to Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe Hill's Campaign Report: Coronavirus forces Democrats to postpone convention Biden associates reach out to Holder about VP search Poll: More Republican voters think party is more united than Democratic voters MORE in the primaries of [2008], she did 12," Moore said. "Bernie did 39, he supported her, I've never heard him say a negative word about her [Clinton]. 

The filmmaker went on to note Sanders's success in the polls, citing the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal national poll that has Sanders with a one-point lead over former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOvernight Health Care: Global coronavirus cases top 1M | Cities across country in danger of becoming new hotspots | Trump to recommend certain Americans wear masks | Record 6.6M file jobless claims The Memo: Scale of economic crisis sends shudders through nation The Hill's Campaign Report: Coronavirus forces Democrats to postpone convention MORE. He said that despite Clinton's remarks, Sanders is "beloved" by the people in this country. 

Moore's comments come amid several comments Clinton has made about Sanders, tearing open old scars from the 2016 election cycle. 

In a podcast interview released on Friday, Clinton blamed “a lot of people highly identified with [Sanders’s] campaign” for urging Sanders supporters to vote for third party candidates in 2016. An effort she claims, helped Trump win the White House. She went on to say that Sanders's principal supporters were difficult to deal with and attacked Clinton and her supporters. 

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Previously, in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Clinton asserted that "nobody likes" Sanders and that he has not been able to get things done during his long career as a lawmaker. 

Other Sanders surrogates besides Moore have criticized the former secretary's remarks. During a live campaign event in Iowa on Friday, Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibDemocrats eye additional relief checks for coronavirus 20 House Dems call on Trump to issue two-week, nationwide shelter-in-place order Pressley, Tlaib introduce bill providing .5B in emergency grants for the homeless MORE (D-Mich.), who has endorsed Sanders, booed along with supporters after the Clinton comments were brought up. 

After the moderator tried to quell initial boos from the crowd, Tlaib jumped in saying, "I'll boo. Boo."

"You all know I can't be quiet," Tlaib added. "The haters will shut up on Monday when we win."

Following her comments, Tlaib apologized, vowing to "do better" and encouraged other Democrats to rally around whoever the Democratic nominee is at the end of the nominating process. 

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Despite her recent attacks on Sanders, Clinton has said that she will fully support whoever wins the Democratic nomination.

Sanders has also underscored that he too will support the winner. 

“Certainly I hope that we’re going to win. But if we do not win, we will support the winner, and I know that every other candidate will do the same. We are united in understanding that we must defeat Donald Trump,” Sanders said. 

The Iowa caucuses, the nation's first contest, are Monday.