Hillary Clinton has portrayed her main 2016 Democrat rival, Socialist Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, as a male chauvinist in a new book — gloomily implying that “I know what he says about women and about women.”
The former Secretary of State’s innuendo is included in NBC News Capitol Hill correspondent Ali Vitali’s forthcoming book “Electable,” which focuses on the 2020 presidential campaign and the preponderance of female candidates running for the Democratic presidential nomination that year.
One of the book’s subplots, excerpted by Politico Friday, is the ongoing drama between Sanders and his leftist, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, which culminated in a hot microphone moment during a January 2020 debate in Iowa.
The spat made headlines after Warren accused Sanders of privately telling her a woman couldn’t win the presidency. He denied making the statement during the debate, prompting an enraged Warren to approach him after the event with the mic still on.
“I think you called me a liar on national television,” Warren said to Sanders, who replied, “What?” After Warren repeated himself, Sanders tried to shake her off, saying, “Let’s not do it now. You want to have that discussion, we’re going to have that discussion.”
Clinton, who watched the altercation, told Vitali, “I believed her [Warren], because I know Sanders and I know what he says about women and to women. So I thought she was recounting an accurate version of the conversation they had.”
However, the former first lady added that she wishes Warren had followed up on Sanders over his denial mid-debate, rather than confronting him afterwards.
“I wish she had done it on the mic. I wish she would have pushed back in front of everyone. I think it softened their reaction that it was after the cameras were supposedly off and they just stood there,” Clinton said.
“I think it’s important that you call it out when it happens, and that was my only regret for her: I wish she’d just turned on him and said, ‘You know, it’s one thing, guys, about your health plan to mislead. It’s another thing to tell someone to their face that a conversation you know happened didn’t happen.’
“I mean, I think that would have been a really important moment for her.”
Clinton defeated Sanders for the Democratic nomination in 2016 after a tougher-than-expected battle for delegates. Sanders ran for president again in 2020, again coming in as runner-up — this time to Joe Biden.
During both campaigns, Sanders was accused of fueling a subculture of young male supporters – dubbed the “Bernie Bros” – who bullied and harassed women who did not support his candidacy.
In March 2020, after abandoning the race, Warren told MSNBC that Bernie Bros had released the home addresses and phone numbers of two black women who worked for or ran groups that either supported or did not support Sanders.
The move, she said, led to an “onslaught of online threats.”
When asked by moderator Rachel Maddow if the issue of harassment was a particular concern among Sanders supporters, Warren said yes.
“It’s, it’s just like that,” she said.
Sanders’ office did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment.
“Electable” will be released on August 23rd.
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