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CLAREMONT, NH - FEBRUARY 02: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (L) and his wife Jane O'Meara Sanders wave to the crowd as they take the stage at the Claremont Opera House on February 2, 2016 in Claremont, New Hampshire. The New Hampshire primary is February 9. (Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

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Bernie Sanders’s wife Jane says Madeleine Albright’s remarks are “disturbing”

February 11, 2016

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Jane Sanders weighed in on the controversy surrounding Madeleine Albright and Gloria Steinem over the comments the two women made about feminism and young voters who support Bernie Sanders. During an appearance on HuffPost Live Wednesday, Sanders characterized Albright’s remarks as disturbing and said Steinem’s comments were a “mistake.” Albright, the nation’s first woman secretary of state, Steinem (and even Bill Clinton) ripped the top off the gender powder-keg in the days before the New Hampshire primary, which Sanders won in resounding fashion. During a campaign appearance with Clinton, Albright said, “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!”

“I found them unfortunate and disturbing,” Sanders said of Albright’s remarks. “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.”

Sanders was more forgiving of Steinem’s remarks, in which she suggested young women were supporting Sanders because they are chasing “boys.” “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,” Sanders continued, adding that she respects Steinem “very much.” Sanders went on to talk about how she defines her personal brand of feminism. In another segment, Jane Sanders discussed her husband’s age. If Bernie Sanders wins the presidency, he’ll be 75 at his inauguration, which would make him the oldest person to ever assume the Oval Office.

Read the full story and watch the video at The Huffington Post.


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