Just like many other women, Bernie Sanders’ wife, Jane Sanders, isn’t pleased with famous females who insinuate women owe Hillary Clinton a vote purely in the interest of getting a woman into the White House.
One such woman is Madeleine Albright, the country’s first female secretary of state, who told Clinton supporters over the weekend that “there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.” When HuffPost Live’s Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani asked for a reaction to those comments on Wednesday, the wife of the Democratic presidential hopeful said she doesn’t agree with Albright’s logic.
“I found [Albright’s comments] unfortunate and disturbing,” Sanders said. “I think women today are a little bit more intelligent [than to] say, ‘Okay, all I care about is gender.’ By that case, then, if Bernie won the Democratic nomination and Carly Fiorina won the Republican nomination, we should be supporting Carly Fiorina.”
Fiorina, of course, suspended her campaign for the Republican nomination shortly before Sanders’ HuffPost Live interview, meaning Clinton is the only remaining woman in the race.
Sanders also praised the way millennials embrace feminism today, by speaking up when they experience inequity. She added that speaking up wasn’t so easy when she was younger, and she admires women who fought for equality during that less-inviting period for women.
Her example, interestingly, was Gloria Steinem, who also found herself in hot water for comments about gender and the Democratic primary. Steinem has since apologized for saying that young women may support Sen. Sanders because “the boys are with Bernie.”
Jane Sanders told HuffPost Live she valued the apology and chooses to judge Steinem on her life’s work rather than one remark.
“She apologized. I know that young people were offended by it, but it was a mistake,” Sanders said. “That’s what I don’t like about politics too much, that somebody makes a misstatement [and it blows up]. We know her life has been about equity for women and feminism. She made a mistake, she said so. I absolutely still respect her very much.”
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