Hillary Clinton has walked back her explosive remarks on former rival Bernie Sanders, clarifying that if the choice is between him and President Trump in November, she will support the Democratic nominee. Clinton faced a backlash Tuesday after she confirmed she had said "nobody likes" Sanders and wouldn't commit to supporting him if he becomes the nominee, NBC reports. "I thought everyone wanted my authentic, unvarnished views!" Clinton tweeted Tuesday night. "But to be serious, the number one priority for our country and world is retiring Trump and, as I always have, I will do whatever I can to support our nominee."
Sanders—who campaigned for Clinton after she defeated him in the 2016 Democratic priimaries—sought to focus on the Trump impeachment trial when he was asked about Clinton's remarks Tuesday, CNN reports. "On a good day, my wife likes me, so let's clear the air on that one," he joked. After he was asked why Clinton is still talking about 2016, he said, "That's a good question. You should ask her." Sources tell Politico that the Sanders campaign believes Clinton is trying to bait them with her remarks. The sources say Sanders staffers have been told not to discuss Clinton's remarks. On Tuesday, staffers stayed positive, focusing on the trending hashtag #ILikeBernie. Supporters also shared photos of donations they had made after Clinton's comments. (Read more Election 2020 stories.)