When Bernie Sanders left the presidential campaign trail to return to the Senate, he anticipated a much warmer welcome.
The Democratic Senator from Vermont recently delivered a speech to the party caucus describing what he learned from his campaign.
Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said “It wasn’t a ‘Rah! Rah! Do back flips [speech],'” The Hill reports. “It was, ‘I’ve been everywhere and this is what I saw and this is what I heard.'”
Sanders was also seen in lively conversations with Sens. Kristen Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Bob Menendez, D-N.J., two supporters of Hillary Clinton.
“Sen. Reid and Sen. Schumer said some things to indicate he’s coming back here with enhanced stature,” one unnamed Sanders staffer told The Hill.
However, one Senate Democrat said, “Bernie seems startled that people aren’t more deferential,” he hoped his fellow legislators would approach him first, The Hill said. “He thinks he’s bigger than just the Senate,” the Democrat continued. “He’s the head of a movement and his colleagues aren’t quite there.”
When Sanders arrived on Wednesday to vote, he came with a full Secret Service detail which included a motorcade with lights on and sirens blaring. This left many colleagues criticizing his inflated sense of self-worth.