Sanders Shoots Down ‘Ludicrous’ Report He Told Warren a Woman Can’t Win in 2020

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren shake hands before the start of the first night of the second 2020 Democratic U.S. presidential debate in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., July 30, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is shooting down reports that he told Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) a woman couldn’t become president in 2020.

Sanders’ response comes after a CNN story, citing four sources, claimed that he told Warren during a 2018 meeting a woman couldn’t win after she informed him of her intent to run for president.

Via the CNN story, this is how the meeting went down:

“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.”

In the story, Sanders shot down the claims with a full-throated denial.

“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 told CNN. He continued:

“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.”

However, as some reporters noted, Warren’s communications director Kristen Orthman declined to comment.

The news comes as Sanders and Warren are being increasingly pitted against each other in the media. Today, Politico ran a story with the headline “Sanders surges as progressives flock to him over Warren.” Yesterday, reports spread that Sanders volunteers were framing Warren as a candidate for the elite in door-to-door campaigning by telling voters “people who support her are highly-educated, more affluent people who are going to show up and vote Democratic no matter what.”

Until now, both Sanders and Warren have refrained from going after each other in any meaningful way. The two are largely considered the “most progressive candidates” of the 2020 Democratic field and have a longstanding friendship in the Senate.

Some Sanders supporters also took to sharing footage of Sanders, in 1988, saying that he thought a woman could be elected president.

As of this press time, Warren is yet to comment publicly on the claims.


  1. I think both those Communists pieces of s*** should be thrown in prison for the rest of their lives.

  2. Well after Super O’s disastrous eight years I’ve heard many, many people (people of color included) say that another person of color being elected POTUS in their lifetime won’t happen.
    The illogical extension of that train of thought might lead some to conclude that a female candidate could not win.

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