Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota criticized former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in a recent radio show interview last week, as reported by Free Beacon.

Heitkamp was being interviewed by her brother, Joel Heitkamp, who is a host on KFGO radio station, when she affirmed that she is ready for Clinton to evade the spotlight.

“When does Hillary Clinton ride off into the sunset?” the host asked.

“I don’t know, not soon enough, I guess,” Heitkamp replied. “Not soon enough.”

Even though Heitkamp backed Clinton during her 2016 presidential race, she was quick to denounce Clinton’s recent comments, including saying that half of Trump’s supporters belong in a “basket of deplorables.”

Clinton also recently criticized Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, calling it “backwards” and adding she won in parts of the country “that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward.”

“I won the places that represent two-thirds of America’s gross domestic product,” Clinton said. “So I won the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward. And his whole campaign, ‘Make America Great Again,’ was looking backwards. You know, ‘You didn’t like black people getting rights, you don’t like women getting jobs, you don’t want to, you know, see that Indian-American succeeding more than you are. Whatever your problem is, I’m going to solve it.'”

Both Heitkamps seemed to criticize the former presidential nominee’s comments.

“She’s bashing the middle of this country and my state again,” Joel said. “I don’t need her to do that.”

“I know,” Heitkamp replied.

After these remarks, a spokesperson for the senator told CNN that “Heidi will never stand for comments that insult North Dakotans and rural America — no matter who, or which party, they come from.”

Several other Democrats also joined in on rejecting Clinton’s comments.

“I don’t really care what she said,” Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown said. “I just think that that’s not helpful.”

“Oh, come on,” Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill said, “You’re killing me here.”

McCaskill also added, “Those are kind of fighting words for me, because I’m partial to Missouri voters.”

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