Democrats gathered for a debate Tuesday evening, and after all the viral tension between Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders’ camp today, word on the web was that tonight was going to be a tense one. It all started when Warren was called out by Washington Post for allegedly telling a lie about Bernie Sanders that has been debunked by other people who were there.
Warren is now being petty Betty on the debate stage, rudely refusing to shake Sanders’ hand simply because he didn’t allow her to lie on him. Check out the awkward encounter below:
Right after the debate ended, Bernie Sanders extended his hand for a handshake and Elizabeth Warren straight up rejected him.
BIG YIKES pic.twitter.com/hQY3avFuSS
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) January 15, 2020
Bernie’s team earlier rebuked the apparent slander by saying that:
“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.”
“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.”
Elizabeth Warren has been accused of being disingenuous on more than one occasion. There was the regrettable claim that she was Native American because he papaw said so, a statement that gave the president ammunition he still uses against her. And you may remember the cringe-worthy video Warren released out of her own home in which she’s holding a beer and clearly acting it up when her husband comes into frame.
Aside from those faux pas, Warren has now been busted lying about her number one competitor in the 2020 presidential race, Bernie Sanders. Warren claims that, in a private meeting in 2018, Bernie disagreed with her that a woman could be elected president.
Bernie has a long history of fighting for women’s right , longer than Warren’s in fact and he encouraged her to run in 2016, I guess back then she was a man? Get the hell out of here.#LyingLiz https://t.co/X0P4bp7eBG
— Druchk🌹 (@druchkk) January 14, 2020
Warren tried to cover her tail Monday night, releasing the following statement after the media caught wind of the sham:
“I thought a woman could win; he disagreed. I have no interest in discussing this private meeting any further because Bernie and I have far more in common than our differences on punditry.”
Now, if you know anything about Bernie’s history in politics, you’d know that he’s made multiple statements about women leading the country, and even encourages young girls to aspire to the highest office in the nation.
Wait didn’t Sanders urge Warren to run in 2016 and her refusal to do so was the main reason he decided to enter the race
— Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) January 13, 2020
Washington Post got ahold of some other people who were also in this private meeting, and their recollection of Sanders’ words are a stark contrast to Warren’s delusions. According to WaPo’s report:
I supported Warren over Sanders initially but as time has gone on I’ve lost respect for her in numerous small ways. This in particular displays both a lack of integrity and political acumen (like, really? This is what you’re gonna pull when your opponent is surging in the polls?)
— not an e-girl, not yet an e-woman (@areajules) January 14, 2020
I care about sexism very much and:
1. Sanders asked Warren to run in '16
2. He's been saying since at least '88 that a woman could win
3. He's never changed his mind about much else
So sorry, I don't believe he's a sexist who thinks a woman can't be President. Cancel me.
— Kate Willett (@katewillett) January 14, 2020
If sanders really told Warren he doesn’t think a woman can win, this would not be the first we’re hearing about it. If true, warren campaign would’ve been saying it constantly for the past year. This is the kind of lie you make up when it’s down to the wire and you’re scared.
— Jessica Blankenship (@blanketboat) January 13, 2020
According to The Post, other people who were present at the time of the meeting say that Bernie Sanders never said anything like that, which means that Elizabeth Warren is so desperate to beat the only candidate worthy of the title of president that she was willing to fabricate an entire conversation.
The Post reports that:
Warren has long ridden the coattails of Sanders, adopting then slightly revising ideas Bernie has been talking about for decades, so it only makes sense that she would try to smear his character to win.
What’s really screwed up about all of this is that Bernie Sanders actually encouraged Warren to run in 2016. A fact that Warren is hoping people forget.
The video below speaks volumes: