Sanders’ comments came after Biden said at the Dallas home of craniofacial surgeon David Genecov, “By the way, great drug companies out there—except a couple of opioid outfits.”

The former vice president’s suggestion that pharmaceutical companies are “great” with the exception of a few bad apples quickly drew sharp criticism on social media.

“This isn’t how you beat Donald Trump,” Faiz Shakir, Sanders’ campaign manager, said in response to Biden’s remarks. “This isn’t how you mobilize the voters we need to win. This isn’t delivering the transformational change voters desperately want.”

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