Sanders calls James Carville 'a political hack'

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Sanders most searched, most tweeted about candidate during Democratic debate MORE (I-Vt.) is hitting back at Democratic strategist James Carville, who had cast doubt on his electability, calling Carville a “political hack.”

“James, in all due respect, is a political hack, who said very terrible things when he was working for [then-Sen. Hillary] Clinton [D-N.Y.] against Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaDemocrats duke it out in most negative debate so far Biden, Sanders battle over Cuba, Obama Biden attacks Sanders at debate over Obama primary MORE. I think he said some of the same things,” Sanders told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Wednesday.

“Look, we are taking on the establishment, this is no secret to anybody,” Sanders added, noting that Goldman Sachs head Lloyd Blankfein also recently criticized him.

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“We are taking on [President] Trump, the Republican establishment, Carville and the Democratic establishment, but at the end of the day, the grassroots movement that we are putting together of young people, of working people, of people of color, want real change,” he continued.

Carville, who had announced his support of Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand Bennet Biden proposes 0B housing plan Nevada caucuses open with a few hiccups Overnight Energy: EPA moves to limit financial pressure on 'forever chemical' manufacturers | California sues Trump over water order| Buttigieg expands on climate plan MORE’s (D-Colo.) presidential campaign before Bennet ended his bid Tuesday night, warned last week of the Democratic Party becoming an “ideological cult," saying on MSNBC, “We don’t need to become the British Labour Party. That’s a bad thing. It’s not going well over there."

He responded to Sanders's insults in a Thursday phone call, according to Vanity Fair reporter Peter Hamby

“Last night on CNN, Bernie called me a political hack. That’s exactly who the f*** I am! I am a political hack! I am not an ideologue. I am not a purist. He thinks it’s a pejorative; I kinda like it,” Carville said.

He added: "At least I'm not a communist."

—Updated at 3:30 p.m.