For years, the Democratic Party has been at each others’ throats, attempting to settle the debate, once and for all, about which direction they’ll be heading moving forward.
The loud and pushy side of the party is in favor of progressive, radical sea change. They want to take the party in a very aggressive, boomers be damned direction, and they’re highly adept at indoctrinating the youth via social media.
But then there are the centrist stalwarts, who understand that winning an election takes compromise and cooperation, and that the key to success often lies with winning over the Midwestern moderates.
These two factions are warring once again this week, with Hillary Clinton alleging some troubling things about Bernie Sanders.
According to a scoop from NBC Capitol Hill correspondent Ali Vitali’s new book, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accused her once-Democratic Party rival Bernie Sanders of being a sexist, who has routinely made demeaning comments about women, including those he has campaigned against.Trending:
The exclusive quote from Clinton came from Vitali’s new book, “Electable: Why America Hasn’t Put a Woman In the White House … Yet,” a political memoir about her time covering the female candidates of recent U.S. presidential elections.
Politico published an excerpt of the book on its website, which focused on the Democratic primary for the 2020 election, particularly Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s, D-Mass., campaign, and the debate night row she had with rival progressive candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., over comments he allegedly made in 2018 that “a woman couldn’t win” the election.Advertisement - story continues below
As Vitali’s book recalled, during the now infamous 2020 Democratic primary debate night, moderator Abby Phillip of CNN addressed Sanders: “CNN reported yesterday, and Senator Sanders, Senator Warren confirmed in a statement, that in 2018, you told her that you did not believe that a woman could win the election.” She then asked, “Why did you say that?”
Vitali recounted Sanders’ quote, in which he claimed, “Well, as a matter of fact, I didn’t say it. And I don’t want to waste a whole lot of time on this, because this is what Donald Trump and maybe some of the media want. Anybody who knows me knows that it’s incomprehensible that I would think that a woman couldn’t be president of the United States.”
The viral moment came at the end of the debate, where Warren, with a hot mic, confronted Bernie, saying, “I think you called me a liar on national TV.” Sanders dismissed the charge, saying “Let’s not do this now,” and stepped off the stage after an awkward moment.
Then came Clinton’s retort:
The journalist claimed in the excerpt that Clinton sounded off on the Vermont senator’s sexism surrounding the incident. Vitali wrote, “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.”
Clinton and Sanders have had a seemingly bitter rivalry for the better part of a decade now, and this latest revelation is sure to keep the pair from making up anytime soon.