Hillary Clinton and her surrogates have implemented a strategy of "innuendos" questioning Bernie Sanders' qualifications to be president, said Sanders' wife Jane Sanders on Thursday evening.
While Sanders admitted that Clinton did not explicitly say her husband is "not qualified" to be president, it was in fact their "intent," she said during her appearance on MSNBC's "Rachel Maddow Show." She said since Clinton lost the Wisconsin primary on Tuesday, "It was very clear — and it was spoken very clearly — that the strategy of the Clinton campaign was to disqualify him, defeat him and then worry about uniting the party later."
She rejected the idea that the Clinton campaign is behaving innapropriately and needs to apologize. But, Sanders said, it's not what America wants in a candidate.
"I think it's not what Americans want. They do not want to have candidates be saying our strategy is to disqualify him by making innuendos and implications that he doesn't know what he's talking about," Sanders said.
Sanders, who is a senior adviser to her husband's campaign, attempted some damage control after Bernie received backlash for misquoting Clinton. In a speech Wednesday the Vermont senator said, "she has been saying lately that she thinks that I am, quote unquote, not qualified to be president," before going on to say that it is Clinton who is not qualified to be commander in chief.
The speech led a Washington Post fact-checker to calling Sanders out for being "incorrect."
"He doesn't think she's unqualified," Jane Sanders said, and that rather Sanders was "making a point" that the Clinton campaign and its surrogates are trying to disqualify him.
"Maybe he shouldn't have repeated the words in the press," Jane Sanders said, referring to Sander's reaction to some headlines that made the implication that Clinton said she not qualified, while the former secretary of state herself never said those words. She pinned some blame on the the media for its focus on the wordplay of the candidates, as opposed to the their policies, which led up to Sanders' recent attack.
Sanders has moved on from the "not qualified" offensive, Jane Sanders said, as he instead will "contrast" himself with Clinton on the issues and leave it to voters to decide who is qualified.