It’s Warren’s word against Bernie’s word on a private conversation in 2018 in which Warren claims Bernie made a sexist remark. If true, why did she sit on the claim until the eve of the final Iowa debate?
Just two days before the final Iowa debate, CNN ran a story — obviously leaked by the Elizabeth Warren campaign and based on second- and third- hand sourcing — claiming that in a private meeting in 2018, Bernie Sanders told her a woman couldn’t win the presidency.
That claim is frequently made by liberals lamenting how Hillary Clinton lost and the uphill fight women face on a national political stage. But coming in the ultra-woke Democratic primary, it was an incendiary accusation against Bernie.
Bernie vehemently denies the accusation.
— Ryan Nobles (@ryanobles) January 13, 2020
Warren, using the denial of the CNN story by Bernie as the pretext, then issued a statement standing by the claim:
No one else was in the room. The Washington Post casts doubt on Warren’s claim:
Two people with knowledge of the conversation at the 2018 dinner at Warren’s home told The Washington Post that Warren brought up the issue by asking Sanders whether he believed a woman could win. One of the people with knowledge of the conversation said Sanders did not say a woman couldn’t win but rather that Trump would use nefarious tactics against the Democratic nominee.
Bernie supporters have started the hashtag #RefundWarren which is trending on Twitter. But the criticism goes beyond BernieBros. Peter Daou, a hardcore Hillary supporter and Democrat, is furious with Warren’s “low blow“:
Unless there is independent evidence of what happened in that private conversation, I’m going with Bernie telling the truth on this. Since 2012, we have been documenting Elizabeth Warren’s serial lies and manipulative stories about her own history, not just her Native American deception. Warren is cunning and manipulative, and dropping this claim on the eve of the final Iowa debate fits that pattern.
Here are some entries from ElizabethWarrenWiki.org:
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Particularly on the Native American claim, Warren not only lied, she lied about her lies.
Nathan Robinson, who appears to be a Bernie supporter, catalogs some of Warren’s deceptions at Current Affairs, The Credibility Gap:
- Saying she opposed fancy wine fundraisers even though she held them herself
- Raising money using exactly the methods she now denounces as corrupting, and falsely claiming her presidential campaign was “100% grassroots funded” when it carried over millions from a Senate campaign funded by the wealthy
- Claiming her father was a janitor when her brother insists he wasn’t
- Pretending to have been representing the interests of consumers when she was in fact working for corporations who were contesting the legal claims of retired coal miners, women sickened by faulty breast implants, rural cooperatives, and dead NASCAR drivers. (The New York Times and Washington Post both investigated her claims and documented ways in which her campaign had manipulated the truth.)
- Claiming for years on government forms that her race was “American Indian”
- When a mother accused her of having sent her children to private schools, insisting her children “went to public schools” when one of them actually did go to private school
- Claiming to support Medicare For All but then, when criticized for it, backing off it completely and promising to pass something else
- Claiming that only billionaires would pay more under her Medicare For All plan, when that wasn’t true
- Allowing Harvard Law School to claim her as its first “woman of color”
- Claiming that a DNA test supported the contention that she was an American Indian, then deleting the evidence she had done this
- Claiming to have been the first nursing mother to take the New Jersey bar, then when asked for evidence, saying that she “was making a point about the very serious challenges she faced.”
- Telling a dubious story about her grandparents having to elope because of discrimination
- Saying she was “not political” in her younger years when she was in fact a “diehard conservative” Republican
- Claiming recipes she copied word for word from the New York Times were ancient Cherokee family dishes
- Pretending that she was releasing a health-care plan that did not raise middle class taxes
- Claiming to have “created the intellectual foundation” for Occupy Wall Street
- Criticizing the revolving door between the banking sector and government despite personally putting bankers in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Bernie is getting a taste of what we’ve been documenting since 2012.
This was a very Comey-like move by Warren’s campaign. She leaked the story, then used the denial of the leak to go on the record.
I think this will backfire on Warren.
Can’t help but feel Warren made a grave miscalculation.
— Walker Bragman (@WalkerBragman) January 14, 2020
— The?FOO (@PolitiBunny) January 14, 2020
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