“I\’m stunned that aman like Bernie Sanders, who has clearly committed his life to making thecountry a better place, would get sucked into this very dangerous rhetoric,which perpetuates sexist and misogynistic stereotypes,” fumed Christine Quinn,the former New York City Council speaker who sits on Clinton\’s New YorkLeadership Council and does fundraising for her campaign. “The candidate issupposed to set the tone, set the agenda. If Bernie Sanders does not want to beseen as someone who uses sexist language and perpetuates a dangerous sexiststereotype of strong women, then he should tell his people to stop. And if theydon\’t stop, he should fire them.”
Quinn, who ran for NewYork City mayor in 2013, said a recent BloombergPolitics story that quoted Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaveras joking that “we\’re willing to consider her for vice president … we\’ll eveninterview her” was beyond the pale.
“Seriously? Seriously?The absurdity of that statement almost merits no response. How arrogant andsexist can you be? It\’s not OK to let people with a long progressive record getaway with being sexist.”
Sanders\’ predicamenthas its roots in the first Democratic debate earlier this month, when theVermont senator said “all the shouting in the world” won\’t fix the country\’ssystemic problem with gun violence – a comment Clinton and her allies havesince interpreted as an implicitly sexist filleting of the former secretary ofstate.
Sanders insists thatwasn\’t his intention. But the fight has since escalated with his top campaignbrass (notably, male) blasting Clinton for implying that Sanders\’ comment wassexist, and then joking they would consider granting the front-runner aninterview for a vice presidential slot on their ticket.