According to NBC Capitol Hill correspondent Ali Vitali’s new book, failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accused her former rival Bernie Sanders of being a sexist who has routinely made demeaning comments about women.
The quote from Hillary came from Vitali’s new book, Electable: Why America Hasn’t Put a Women 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, which focused on the Democrat primary for the 2020 election, particularly Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s campaign, and the debate night row she had with rival progressive candidate Sen. Bernie, over comments he allegedly made in 2018 that “a woman couldn’t win” the election.
As Vitali’s book recalled, the debate moderator asked 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. Why did you say that?”
Vitali recounted that Sanders 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.”
At the end of the debate, Warren confronted Bernie on a hot mic, saying, “I think you called me a liar on national TV.” Bernie dismissed the charge, saying “Let’s not do this now,” and stepped offstage.
According to Vitali, “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.”
Vitali wrote, “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 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,” Clinton reportedly told the journalist.