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Hillary Clinton & Bernie Sanders Spar Off Over Fossil Fuel Donations

Clinton goes off on a Greenpeace activist for accusing her of taking fossil-fuel money, Sanders strikes back!

2016 presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton lost her cool with a Greenpeace activist while campaigning in New York on Thursday.

Clinton was shaking hands with supporters at a campaign stop at SUNY Purchase when she was confronted by Greenpeace activist Eva Resnick-Day.

Resnick-Day thanked her for tackling climate change, then asked, “Will you act on your word to reject fossil fuel money in the future in your campaign?”

Frustrated, Clinton replies, “I do not have, I have money from people who work for fossil fuel companies.”

“And registered lobbyists?” Resnick-Day follows up.

At that point, Clinton snaps, shouting over Resnick-Day, “I’m so sick! I’m so sick of the Sanders campaign lying about this, I’m sick of it!”

The video below was uploaded to YouTube by Greenpeace. Take a look at the tense exchange.

A day after Hillary Clinton said she was “sick of Sanders campaign lying,” about her taking money from the fossil fuel industry, Vermont Senator, Bernie Sanders and his campaign manager are pushing back against her allegation.

Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign manager, on Friday called Clinton’s statement “disappointing” and untrue, pointing to research from Greenpeace that shows she’s not just receiving money from “individuals” who happen to work in the oil, coal and gas industry, but from 58 industry lobbyists, including 11 who have bundled more than $1 million to help put her in the White House.

Counting money given to a pro-Clinton super PAC, the fossil fuel industry has donated more than $4.5 million in support of Clinton’s bid, he said in a statement.

“If the Clinton campaign wants to argue that industry lobbyists giving thousands of dollars to her campaign won’t affect her decisions if she’s elected, that’s fine,” he said. “But to call us liars for pointing out basic facts about the secretary’s fundraising is deeply cynical and very disappointing.”

Sanders told ABC’s “Good Morning America,” on Friday that Clinton has taken large amounts of money from the fossil fuel industry. Sanders’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver also issued a statement doubling down on the criticism.

“The fact of the matter is Secretary Clinton has taken significant money from the fossil fuel industry. She raises her money with a ‘Super Pac'” Sanders said. “She gets a lot of money from Wall Street, from the drug companies and fossil fuel industry.”

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