Hillary Clinton Calls Bernie Sanders Sexist in New Book
Hillary Clinton ripped her chief 2016 Democratic rival, socialist Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, as a male chauvinist in a new book – gloomily hinting that ‘I know the kind of things he says about women and to women “.
The former secretary of state’s insinuation is included in the forthcoming book “Electable” by NBC News Capitol Hill correspondent Ali Vitali, which focuses on the 2020 presidential campaign and the preponderance of female candidates who sought the election. Democratic presidential nomination that year.
One of the book’s subplots, which was excerpted by Politico Friday, is the ongoing drama between Sanders and fellow left-winger Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, which culminated in a hot mic moment during a debate in January 2020 in Iowa. .
The row made headlines after Warren accused Sanders of telling him privately that a woman could not win the presidency. He denied making the statement during the debate, prompting a furious Warren to approach him after the event with his microphone still on.
“I think you called me a liar on national television,” Warren told Sanders, who replied, “What?” After Warren repeated himself, Sanders tried to ignore him, saying, “Let’s not do it now. You want to have this discussion, we will have this discussion.
Clinton, who was watching the altercation unfold, told Vitali, “I believed her [Warren], because I know Sanders, and I know the kind of things he says about women and to women. So I thought she was telling an exact version of the conversation they had.
However, the former first lady added that she wishes Warren had sued Sanders for his refusal in the middle of the debate, rather than confronting him afterwards.
“I wish she’d done it on the mic. I wish she’d backed off in front of everyone. I think that undermined her response that it was after the cameras were supposed to be off and, you know , they were just standing there,” Clinton said.
“I think it’s important that you call her when that happens, and that was my only regret for her: that I wish she’d turned on him and said, ‘You know, it’s one thing to mislead people about your healthcare plan. It’s another thing to tell someone face-to-face that a conversation you know happened didn’t happen.
“I mean, that would have been, I think, a very significant moment for her.”
Clinton beat Sanders for the Democratic nomination in 2016 after a tougher-than-expected fight for delegates. Sanders ran for president again in 2020 and again came second – this time ahead of Joe Biden.
During both campaigns, Sanders has been accused of fueling a subculture of young male supporters – nicknamed “Bernie Bros” – who bullied and harassed women who did not support his candidacy.
In March 2020, after dropping out of the race, Warren told MSNBC that Bernie Bros had released the home addresses and phone numbers of two women of color who worked for or led groups who had endorsed or disapproved of her by Sanders. .
The move, she said, led to an “attack of online threats.”
When asked by host Rachel Maddow if the harassment issue was a particular issue with Sanders supporters, Warren said yes.
“It’s, it’s just,” she said.
Sanders’ office did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment.
“Electable” is due out on August 23.