According to a report from CNN, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders met with Sen. Elizabeth Warren at her apartment in 2018. CNN reports that a number of people, including two people familiar with the meeting and two others that Warren reportedly spoke with and told about the meeting shortly afterward, revealed information that Sanders is strongly denying on Monday morning.
Apparently in the meeting, the two laid out the groundwork and rules if the day came where the two would face each other in a presidential election. Given that both candidates are in the ultra-progressive wing of the Democratic party, they allegedly both agreed that they would remain civil toward one another in an election campaign situation.
Warren and Sanders both talked about the best strategies to take on President Donald Trump and Warren claimed she would make a strong candidate because of the fact that she has a better chance at reigning in female voters and cited her strong argument for her proposals to boost the economy.
It was at that point, according to the report from CNN, that Sanders replied to Warren, allegedly telling her that he didn’t think a woman would be able to win the presidency.
New: Bernie Sanders told Elizabeth Warren in private 2018 meeting that a woman can't win, per four sources.
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“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. Warren told Sanders she disagreed with his assessment that a woman could not win, three of the four sources said,” the CNN report stated.
But on Monday, not surprisingly, Sanders strongly denied the allegations that he told Warren a woman wouldn’t be able to win, while accusing Warren’s staffers of “lying.”
“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 with regard to their meeting.
In what could be an attempt to save face, Sanders doubled down on his thoughts about a female candidate going all the way against President Trump in the 2020 election.
“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,” Sanders said.
Warren is the only female candidate in the top-tier of Democratic candidates. The revelation of what Sanders reportedly said to her two years ago comes just weeks before the crucially-important Iowa caucuses, where both candidates are running neck-and-neck for the top spot.