It's nothing personal, progressives don't despise her, they despise what she represents
The divide in the Democratic Party is real, and is driven mostly by populist elements who want to see a more progressive presidential candidate run this election cycle. In this divide, a split has clearly emerged between Clinton and Sanders supporters which has become heated at times. One point that comes from this is that Sanders supporters hate Hillary Clinton, as if there is some personal vendetta taken out against her.
Sanders supporters don’t hate Hillary Clinton the person. What this election has become about is breaking away from the DC establishment, and Hillary is just a huge reminder of this establishment. This isn’t a personal attack on her character, but rather an evident observation that Hillary represents the old guard that progressives want to overcome.
This isn’t to say Hillary isn’t a liberal, and sure compared to someone like Donald Trump or Ted Cruz she seems great. But, this isn’t really a good standard to base the candidate on. Just about anyone would be better than Trump or Cruz as president. It’s such a low standard to start from, that it doesn’t really help Hillary’s case too well.
The Democratic Party establishment is making a big mistake in thinking that Clinton is more electable. The honest truth is the main excitement for the progressive base of the Democratic Party swings heavily in Bernie’s favor. The primary is far from over, and it is unwise to assume that the progressives amped about Bernie Sanders will all of sudden hold their noses again and vote for Clinton with the same level of enthusiasm.
It isn’t personal, it’s about the symbolic meaning of this election. We cannot elect another establishment candidate if we expect to at last overturn the oligarchy of DC. The Democratic Party establishment is passing on this idea and believes that Clinton is more electable, despite every poll indicating the opposite.
Clinton either ties or loses to Donald Trump or Ted Cruz in a couple of poll results, while Sanders actually beats Trump and Cruz by decent margins in every one. Clinton has much more personal baggage with her, which a Republican candidate can exploit much easier than with Sanders. Clinton also doesn’t appeal well to Independents as much.
The reason progressives are swaying away from Clinton is not because there is some petty personal grievances at play, but because it is time for an overhaul and Clinton does not appeal as the one able to accomplish this.
Of course things get heated in primaries. Have Sanders supporters said mean things to Clinton supporters? Of course. Have Clinton supporters said mean things to Sanders supporters? Of course. That’s the way primaries work, it seems. Remember, tensions were just as high in 2008 between the Clinton and Obama camps.
Progressives are rallying to Sanders not out of hate for Clinton, but out of a desire to see the old faces and names of the DC establishment fade away, and to have a progressive truly capable of stopping guys like Trump or Cruz from becoming president. This isn’t about who hates who, but about who has the right vision matched with the best ability to accomplish this vision.