Fallout

Top Clinton backer reportedly calls for Steinem and Albright to be yanked from campaign trail

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The fallout from the controversial remarks made by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and feminist icon Gloria Steinem widened on Tuesday as a top Hillary Clinton backer suggested the campaign should sideline the two key Clinton surrogates. According to a report by New York Times reporter Amy Chozick, Massachusetts state treasurer Deb Goldberg called for Steinem and Albright to be “kept away” from the Clinton campaign going forward. The suggestion came during a conference call with a group of elected officials who are supporting Clinton, an anonymous source told the Times. A spokesperson for the Clinton campaign said she appreciated getting feedback, but offered no details on how the campaign might modify the two prominent women’s roles in the campaign.

The commotion surrounding Steinem and Albright erupted over the weekend. Steinem made a remark on Bill Maher’s HBO talk-show about younger women supporting Sanders because they are chasing “the boys.” Albright criticized younger women, suggesting they should grow up and vote for Clinton. “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!” she said. By Sunday afternoon, Steinem had apologized with a Facebook post, but the furor continued Monday as video footage from 1996 showing her declaring Bernie Sanders “an honorary woman” resurfaced. Some women, including Susan Sarandon, expressed dismay that women who supported Sanders were being shamed for doing so.

The news of elected officials who have endorsed Clinton becoming uneasy with Steinem and Albright comes on the heels of a report suggesting that the Clinton campaign — facing a serious challenge from Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont — is considering a dramatic shakeup among its top leadership. Clinton downplayed the rumors on Monday, telling CNN, “I have no idea what they’re talking about or who they are talking to,” but adding, “We’re going to take stock.”

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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