2020 Democratic Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard is coming to Socialist Bernie Sanders’ defense after a CNN report alleged that he made sexist comments to Senator Elizabeth Warren back in 2018.
The new CNN report reveals that the two candidates met in 2018 to discuss their game plan for the 2020 election and how they would remain allies no matter how tight the race because. At the time, Sanders told Senator Warren that a woman couldn’t become president in 2020.
Gabbard, however, clearly seems to doubt the report. “I also met with Bernie Sanders before announcing my candidacy,” she said on Twitter. “We had a nice one-on-one conversation and I informed him that I would be running for President.”
“In that meeting, he showed me the greatest respect and encouragement, just as he always had,” Gabbard added.
The CNN report says that the two met to create an alliance however Sanders made it clear that he felt that a woman couldn’t win the nomination: “The two agreed that if they ultimately faced each other as presidential candidates, they should remain civil and avoid attacking one another, so as not to hurt the progressive movement,” reports CNN. “They also discussed how to best take on President Donald Trump, and Warren laid out two main reasons she believed she would be a strong candidate: She could make a robust argument about the economy and earn broad support from female voters.”
“Sanders responded that he did not believe a woman could win,” the report also noted.
According to CNN, four sources have confirmed that Sanders had made these comments.
“That evening, Sanders expressed frustration at what he saw as a growing focus among Democrats on identity politics, according to one of the people familiar with the conversation,” the report added. “Warren told Sanders she disagreed with his assessment that a woman could not win, three of the four sources said.”
Sanders immediately denied the report and instead decided to attack President Trump: “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,” Sanders said. “It’s sad that, three weeks before the Iowa caucus and a year after that private conversation, staff who weren’t in the room are lying about what happened. What I did say that night was that Donald Trump is a sexist, a racist and a liar who would weaponize whatever he could. Do I believe a woman can win in 2020? Of course! After all, Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump by 3 million votes in 2016.”
Warren on the other hand, says that the report is factual: “Among the topics that came up was what would happen if Democrats nominated a female candidate,” the statement reads. “I though a woman could win; he disagreed. I have no interest in discussing this private meting any further because Bernie and I have far more in common than our differences on punditry.”
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