Sanders asks if ‘anyone really believes’ Clinton’s book excerpts

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHarris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues Lee, Sanders introduce bill to tax Wall Street transactions MORE (I-Vt.) on Thursday hit back at Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHarris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests MORE's comments about him in her upcoming book about the 2016 presidential election, asking if anyone actually believed them.

"I.e., Bernie Sanders just stole all of Hillary Clinton's ideas. Does anybody really believe that?" Sanders said on MSNBC's "All In" after host Chris Hayes read excerpts from Clinton's forthcoming book, "What Happened." 

"The truth is, and really story is, that the ideas that we brought forth during that campaign, which was so crazy and so radical, have increasingly become mainstream," Sanders continued, citing proposals such as a $15 minimum wage, $1 trillion infrastructure program, tuition-free college and "Medicare for all."

ADVERTISEMENT

Sanders was responding to an excerpt of the book where Clinton writes that her policy adviser, Jake Sullivan, compared Sanders's policy ideas to a scene from "Something About Mary," where a hitchhiker rolls out a plan to make seven-minute abs to top eight-minute abs.

"That's what it was like in policy debates with Bernie. We would promise a bold infrastructure investment plan or an ambitious new apprenticeship program for young people, and then Bernie would announce basically the same thing, but bigger. On issue after issue, it was like he kept promising four-minute abs, or even no-minutes abs. Magic abs!" Clinton wrote. 

Sanders is not the only figure Clinton takes aim at in her new book about the 2016 presidential campaign.

Clinton questions the actions of former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBudowsky: 3 big dangers for Democrats HuffPost says president's golfing trips to Trump properties cost taxpayers over 0 million in travel and security expenses Support for same-sex marriage dips 4 points from 2018 high: Gallup MORE for "keeping her in a straight jacket" in an effort to stop her from attacking Sanders, as well as former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues MORE for his assessment that Democrats did not focus on the middle class during the presidential race.