Bernie Sanders denies telling Elizabeth Warren a woman can't win

Elias Hubbard
January 14, 2020

Meanwhile, Warren, who was supposed to be the more electable, progressive alternative to Sanders, has been looking a little shaky - like she can't take a poke, let alone a punch.

Four anonymous people told CNN that Sanders made the comment during a December 2018 meeting between the two Democratic senators at her apartment in Washington.

That kind of warning was also the topic on Monday, prior to CNN's controversial reporting, of a new column by Common Dreams contributor Norman Solomon urging readers to be aware that corporate news outlets, establishment figures in the Democratic Party, and Republicans alarmed by a unified progressive front are all salivating at the prospect that the "nonaggression pact" between Warren and Sanders might be fraying.

"What I did say that night was that [President] Donald Trump is a sexist, a racist and a liar who would weaponise whatever he could". "I would tell her that a woman couldn't win".

Sanders vehemently denied the report, saying, "It is ludicrous to believe that at the same meeting where Elizabeth Warren told me she was going to run for president, I would tell her that a woman couldn't win".

Former vice president Joe Biden is leading nationally, but no clear frontrunner has emerged in Iowa, and candidates are scrambling for a breakout moment that could translate into the first tangible victory in a tight contest over who challenges President Donald Trump in November. "Of course! After all, Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump by 3m votes in 2016", he added, referring to Clinton's haul of the popular vote in contrast to the electoral college result. "I thought a woman could win; he disagreed".

Sanders has always been skeptical of the Democratic party's emphasis on "identity politics" but the issue has been particularly fraught in a field shaped by younger and more diverse candidates. "And it's not white or black or male or female. Or are you on the side of big money and the corporations?"

Warren has a long track record of making false claims to advance her own interests.

If Warren has a shred of integrity, she'll call it out for the lie that it is.

A poll released last week by Monmouth of New Hampshire voters showed essentially a three-way tie among Biden, Sanders and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg. In that survey, Sanders and Warren performed almost equally well as the top choice among female likely Democratic caucusgoers, while Sanders and Buttigieg were the top choice among men.

Warren said she was "disappointed" by the report that Sanders sent volunteers to "trash" her, telling reporters in Iowa that "I hope Bernie reconsiders and turns his campaign in a different direction". We are living in a nation increasingly becoming an oligarchy.

Others highlighted the fact that Ortham, though given an opportunity, declined to comment on behalf of the Warren campaign. Warren responded later in the day by accusing Sanders of "sending his volunteers out to trash me" and warning that the argument spelled out in the script risked stoking a brand of "factionalism" that roiled Democrats in 2016.

Politico reports: "The script instructs Sanders volunteers to tell voters leaning toward the MA senator that the "people who support her are highly-educated, more affluent people who are going to show up and vote Democratic no matter what" and that "she's bringing no new bases into the Democratic Party.' ..."

"People have to decide do they want originals or do they want copies", Nina Turner, Sanders' campaign co-chair, told CNN over the summer. "I know Bernie is in the race for the same reason".

With Sanders and Warren clashing over who could best carry the progressive torch, Trump weighed in: "Elizabeth is very angry at Bernie", he tweeted.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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