Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) presidential campaign to demand a refund through the Democrats’ online fundraising platform, ActBlue.
The move came in response to a report that Sanders told Warren, during a private meeting sometime in 2018, that a woman couldn’t become president. The Warren campaign was, initially, silent on the matter, refusing to refute the allegations. Later Monday night, however, Warren released a statement essentially confirming the story, but saying that Sanders told her a female candidate couldn’t beat President Donald Trump, not that a woman could never win the White House.
“Among the topics that came up was what would happen if Democrats nominated a female candidate. I thought a woman could win; he disagreed. I have no interest in discussing this private meeting any further because Bernie and I have far more in common than our differences on punditry,” Warren said in a statement. “I’m in this race to talk about what’s broken in this country and how to fix it—and that’s what I’m going to continue to do. I know Bernie is in the race for the same reason. We have been friends and allies in this fight for a long time, and I have no doubt we will continue to work together to defeat Donald Trump and put our government on the side of the people.”
That wasn’t enough for Sanders’ supporters, who accused Warren’s campaign of deliberately spreading false information, perhaps as part of the next round of back-and-forth between the two candidates who are vying for their share of the progressive vote ahead of the Iowa caucuses. Last week, Warren’s campaign responded forcefully to claims that Sanders volunteers were being instructed to call Warren the “candidate of the elite” by suggesting that Sanders was “trashing” her and playing dirty.