Even at the electoral convention when she had the requisite votes, she says in our sit-down, he and his supporters were still trying to convince those people to vote for him. “He never gave me the respect I had given to Barack Obama. It was crazy…. But we’ll see who people select.” Sanders took pole position in this year’s race last weekend with a key win in Nevada.

Clinton made it clear to this masthead that she believes she was dogged throughout the 2016 election campaign by a “highly organised” plan to discredit her that included Russian advertising on Facebook, Wikileaks’s dumping of hacked emails from her campaign chairman and the CIA’s repeated investigations into emails sent from her private server. Other stories were just made up. “And totally absurd. But you know, conspiracies get more clicks.”

Nobody likes [Bernie Sanders], nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done. He was a career politician.

Hillary Clinton

They also feed into the scepticism she faces as a female candidate. “This story about me dying, because I did have pneumonia and I got a little queasy one time – that was the only evidence, but even before that they were saying I was dying all the time – and it played into gender stereotypes. Women aren’t strong enough. You can’t count on a woman: her emotions might get in the way, all of that.”

Compare Sanders who, she points out, had a heart attack during the last campaign. “A serious heart attack. He was in the hospital for a week. We haven’t seen the medical records. But it’s like OK, fine. If I’d had a heart attack and been in hospital for a week or Elizabeth Warren had had a heart attack, you would never hear the end of it. So the unconscious biases, the gendered stereotypes, were also very much in play.”

Clinton has turned out to be the biggest star at the Berlin Film Festival, chipper and always ready for a selfie, Clinton looks ready to campaign again.

But if she is considering becoming Michael Bloomberg’s running mate, as has been surmised by online pundits, she isn’t saying so. “I’m going to be actively involved in trying to elect a Democratic nominee for the next 10 months or so, which is my highest priority,” she says. “I’m going to be very active speaking out, supporting candidates and causes, which I’ve been doing for the last couple of years. I’ll keep writing stuff, maybe working in media of other kinds. I intend to remain very active.”

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