Did Sanders Say a Woman Can’t Win?
Elizabeth Warren has confirmed that Bernie Sanders told her in 2018 that a woman would never be elected president, though Sanders denies this. Some are outraged at this news. Others, worried about sexism, think he was right. More at Vox.
If Sanders did in fact tell Warren that a woman couldn’t win, he was both sexist and giving voice to what a whole lot of Americans seem to believe: That Hillary Clinton’s presidential fate was proof of women’s electoral weakness.
…it is about time someone directly took on the notion that because Hillary Clinton lost, women are more risky this time around. That would have us avoid all of the external challenges (e.g., then-FBI Director James B. Comey) and internal errors. It also skips over 2018, when women won up and down the ballot.
It’s infuriating, but I’ve spoken to more than a few women who share such doubts. In my darkest moments, so do I.