Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton burst into laughter Wednesday afternoon in response to a comment from rival Bernie Sanders' camp that suggested her presidential ambitions could "destroy the Democratic party."
When asked by CNN anchor Chris Cuomo about the bold statement, Clinton just laughed it off.
"Well, it's just ludicrous on the face of it," Clinton said of the claim, after recovering from an outburst of laughter.
Hillary Clinton responds to Bernie Sanders' campaign manager suggesting her ambition could destroy the party. https://t.co/JSrhmpEAfc— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) April 6, 2016
Weaver suggested earlier Wednesday that Sanders' team was prepared for a negative campaign, but warned Clinton's team about "destroy[ing] the Democratic Party to sacrifice the secretary's ambitions to become president of the United States."
Clinton was quick to respond, telling Cuomo that she has been fighting for Democratic issues much longer than Sanders, who is an Independent but a self-titled Democratic-Socialist.
"I have been campaigning for Democrats — fundraising for Democrats, recruiting Democrats to run and win — for a really long time, I think 40 years," Clinton said. "Sen. Sanders, by his own admission, has never even been a Democrat."
"They need to be thoughtful about what they they do say," she continued. "Because at the end of the day, we need a Democratic president to succeed President Obama."
Sanders' friction with the Democratic party has been a point of contention this campaign season, as many argue that, as an Independent, Sanders won't be able to build the party as much as Clinton.
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