Hillary Clinton suggested to an NBC News reporter in a forthcoming book that she believes Bernie Sanders is sexist.
Clinton spoke to Vitali after a widely televised clash between Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who were both on the ballot for the 2020 presidential election.
Warren was caught accusing Sanders of calling her a liar during a presidential debate.
“I think you called me a liar on national TV,” Warren told Sanders, who then tried to cut the conversation short.
“Let’s not do it right now,” Sanders responded. “You want to have that discussion, we’ll have that discussion.”
Sanders then appeared to try to re-engage in the conversation before once again trying to cut it off. “You called me a liar, you told me — all right let’s not do it now,” he said.
The heated discussion began after Warren said Sanders had told her in a private meeting in 2018 that he didn’t believe a woman could successfully win against Donald Trump, which Sanders denied.
Clinton saw the moment unfold, Vitali reported.
“I believed her, because I know Sanders, and I know the kind of things that he says about women and to women,” she told Vitali, as documented in the new book. “So, I thought that she was telling an accurate version of the conversation they’d had.”
Clinton said she wished Warren had “pushed back in front of everybody.”
“I think it’s important that you call it out when it happens, and that was my only regret for her: that I wish she had just turned on him and said, ‘You know, it’s one thing to mislead people about your healthcare plan,” she said.
“It’s another thing to tell someone to her face that a conversation which you know happened didn’t happen.’ I mean, that would have been, I think, a really important moment for her.”