Even after Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton declared victory in the Iowa Caucuses Monday night, it was clear from the reaction of Bernie Sanders’ supporters that she will never be their choice for president.
Sanders, who lost to Clinton by a razor-thin margin, had a rally for his supporters at the Airport Holiday Inn in Des Moines. A TV was blaring the news of the caucus results. Eventually, Clinton came on the screen to give her victory speech. Boos broke out among the crowd, as well as cheers when a glitch cut the sound.
Then the real reaction took place when Clinton said, “I’m a progressive who gets things done.”
“You’re no f—-ng progressive!” one man shouted angrily. “No no no no no!” shouted another. “Turn her off!”
“She’s a liar! She’s a liar! She’s a liar!” became the resounding chorus of the crowd.
Sanders himself was as defiant as the rest.
“We went up against the most powerful political organization in the United States of America,” he told the crowd. “I think the people of Iowa have sent a very profound message to the political establishment, to the economic establishment, and by the way, to the media establishment.”
Sanders’ supporters were upbeat about the results.
“It’s a win no matter what the percentage,” said Sanders supporter Terry Wells. “After New Hampshire and South Carolina she’ll start playing dirty, and the real Hillary will come out.”
Asked why the crowd was so anti-Clinton, Wells was clear.
“She’s dishonest, she has no original vision,” he said. “Eight years ago when she ran against Obama, she didn’t talk about racial profiling, racial justice, economic issues. It was all health care and the kids. That’s it! She had her opportunity.”