Hillary Clinton labeled Bernie Sanders sexist: ‘I know the kind of things that he says about women and to women’

Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton once reportedly made comments that suggested her former Democratic Party rival Bernie Sanders was sexist.

The remarks by Clinton were shared by Politico which published excerpts from the upcoming book from NBC Capitol Hill correspondent Ali Vitali titled, “Electable: Why America Hasn’t Put a Woman in the White House . . . Yet.”

The former secretary of state reportedly spoke to the author about the viral exchange between Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and rival candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., during the Democratic primary for the 2020 election, specifically about an alleged comment by Sanders in 2018 that “a woman couldn’t win” the election.

Though Sanders denied ever making the comment, it was brought up during the debate and afterward, with CNN cameras still rolling, Warren was picked up on a hot mic confronting Sanders.

“I think you called me a liar on national TV,” she said.

“Let’s not do this now,” Sanders had replied before exiting the stage.

According to Vitali in the excerpt from the book published by Politico, Clinton had seen the exchange and reacted.

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.”

Vitali, who covered the 2016 and 2020 presidential races, added: “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.’”

The book excerpt continued with the rest of Clinton’s comments to the NBC reporter:

“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.”


“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,” Vitali concluded in the excerpt. “Now, it was #NeverWarren — the hashtag revived and revamped to fit another female candidate who dared challenge Bernie and the Bros.”

Vitali’s book is due out on August 23.


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