Blame Game: Hillary Now Blaming 'Sexist' Bernie For Loss To Trump In 2016?

By Charles Susswein | Sunday, 14 August 2022 05:15
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Hillary Clinton had talked about moments of chauvinism by her onetime political rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), in an upcoming book describing the background of female presidential candidates during the 2020 election.

It follows a heated moment in a debate when Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said Sanders had privately told her a woman couldn’t win the election, causing a turndown by Sanders. This infuriated Warren, who came to Sanders after the heated debate with her microphone on.

“I think you called me a liar on national TV,” Warren said to Sanders.

“What?” he said, later shrugging her off and saying, “Let’s not do it right now. You want to have that discussion? We’ll have that discussion.”

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The moment had received national prominence and stressed the tense relationship between the two senators that was often displayed on the campaign trail. Clinton had watched the hot-mic moment unfold, later saying she believed Warren that Sanders had commented.

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“I believed her because I know Sanders, and I know the kind of things he says about women and to women,” Clinton told NBC News Capitol Hill correspondent Ali Vitali in her forthcoming book Electable. “So, I thought she was telling an accurate version of their conversation.”

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Sanders had previously been accused of promoting a culture of young male voters, often calling themselves “Bernie Bros,” who would harass women if they did not support the Vermont senator’s candidacy. After losing her candidacy in March 2020, Warren revealed that several of these young men had posted personal information about two female staffers who did not support Sanders’s campaign, according to MSNBC.

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“Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done. He was a career politician,” Clinton once said. “It’s all just baloney and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it.” Asked by The Reporter recently if that assessment still held, she replied, “Yes, it does.”

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Her remarks ricocheted across the Democratic Party on Tuesday, threatening to reopen the barely healed wounds of the 2016 primary. This race quickly turned from a near-coronation of Mrs. Clinton as the party’s first female nominee into a bitter battle that exposed a deep ideological rift among Democrats.

That break over what direction the party should take is now a major issue in the current primary, with Mr. Sanders arguing for the full-throated leftist agenda and others counseling moderation. At the same time, he is engaged in a standoff with his liberal ally in the 2020 race, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, that has divided some on the left over her accusation that he told her in 2018 that a woman could not win the presidency.

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