Hillary Clinton has targeted Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) by accusing her former Democrat presidential primary rival of mistreating women.
Hillary suggests in a new book by NBC News reporter Ali Vitali that she believes Sanders is a sexist.
“I know the kind of things that he says about women and to women,” Clinton said of Sanders.
Vitali has a new book “Electable: Why America Hasn’t Put a Woman In the White House…Yet” where she reports on Hillary’s vindictive side.
Hillary Clinton was watching this debate moment, too.
“I believed her, because I know Sanders, and I know the kind of things that he says about women and to women,” she told me, her distaste for her 2016 opponent still palpable.
“So, I thought that she was telling an accurate version of the conversation they’d had.”
I asked what she thought about the hot mic moment.
“I wish she had done it on mic,” Clinton said. “I wish that she had pushed back in front of everybody.
I think it weakened her response that it was after the cameras were supposedly off and, you know, they were just standing there.
I think it’s important that you call it out when it happens, and that was my only regret for her: that I wish she had just 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 to her face that a conversation which you know happened didn’t happen.’ I mean, that would have been, I think, a really important moment for her.”
Ultimately, it didn’t matter whether Warren purposefully capitalized on the moment on mic, off mic or not at all.
Sanders’ supporters mobilized online at the first whiff of disloyalty, lashing out at Warren with snake emojis and using #NeverWarren to organize their response.
It was 2016 redux.
Back then, it was #NeverHillary or #NeverClinton, a hashtag that persisted throughout the primary, past the convention and into the general election.
Now, it was #NeverWarren — the hashtag revived and revamped to fit another female candidate who dared challenge Bernie and the Bros.
To some in Warren’s orbit, the trend felt like a perfect collision of gender and politics. Sanders’ acolytes, a senior Warren staffer said, were fine with Warren “making her own sandcastle, as long as it’s not encroaching on his.”
According to The Daily Mail:
Warren’s confrontation with Sanders came after he reportedly told her in a 2018 private meeting that a woman could not win the presidency against Trump.
Sanders denied ever saying this, which prompted Warren to confront him following the event.
‘I think you called me a liar on national TV,’ Warren told Sanders, who then tried to cut the conversation short.
‘Let’s not do it right now,’ Sanders responded. ‘You want to have that discussion, we’ll have that discussion.’
Warren appeared to have a conversation once more before being cut off.
‘You called me a liar, you told me — all right let’s not do it now,’ Sanders said.